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Anderson welcomes drugs raids but calls for Ombudsman to investigate Ballymagroarty incident

30 July, 2007

Sinn Féin MLA (Foyle) Martina Anderson has welcomed the actions taken by the PSNI in Derry against those who would peddle drugs in our community but is calling on the Police Ombudsman's Office to investigate an incident in Ballymagroarty.

Martina Anderson said:

"I welcome the action taken by the PSNI to rid our community of illicit drugs. It is regrettable that some young people thought it appropriate to attack the PSNI with petrol bombs and other missiles while they were involved in that process.

"People who involve themselves in peddling these substances of death to our youth have no place in our communities and any action that could be perceived by them or others as any form of support is also an attack on our community.

"We need proper and accountable policing in the Brandywell, Gobnascale, Galliagh and everywhere else in society. But that policing must always adhere to the highest human rights standards. That is why, while welcoming the PSNI action against drug dealers, I am calling on the Police Ombudsman to investigate an incident in Ballymacgroarty this morning in which PSNI personnel used CS gas spray against a fifteen year-old boy with special needs.

"While politicians and community representatives have a responsibility to encourage support for proper policing, the PSNI has a huge responsibility to earn the trust and respect of communities by delivering accountable policing. The days of the Police FORCE is over and must be seen to be over. What Sinn Féin is determined to deliver is a Police SERVICE that will respond to community needs in a manner that will be deserving of support." ENDS

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