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Maskey concerned about car crime in West Belfast

13 May, 2010

Sinn Féin MLA for West Belfast Paul Maskey has spoken of his concerns and the concerns of the wider community that the PSNI intend to disband the unit which was established to deal with high levels of car crime in West Belfast.

Speaking today Mr Maskey said:

“The decision to axe the policing unit in West Belfast, established to tackle high levels of car crime in the area, is wrong and must be reversed

“Car crime has not been eradicated in the area and without dedicated resources to tackle it many in the community would fear that there will be a resurgence.

“Car crime is not just about theft of vehicles or so called joy riding, it really is a matter of life and death. Many families have been bereaved through car crime not just in West Belfast bust also throughout the Six counties.

“The simple question must be asked is that, if something is working with a high degree of success in tackling crime why disband it?

“The model used in west Belfast should not be done away with, in fact it should be duplicated and rolled out to other car crime hotspots.”

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