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Sinn Féin demand answers over 'child' agents

4 September, 2006

Sinn Féin West Belfast MLA Fra McCann has said that the admission that the PSNI continues to use children as informers raises questions about whether such 'child' agents are above the law and responsible for anti-social behaviour, particularly in nationalist communities.

Mr McCann said:

"The admission that the PSNI continue to use children and young people as informers and agents should come as a surprise to no-one.

"It is totally unacceptable. It also raises many very serious questions about whether such young people are above the law.

"Within many communities, particularly working class communities, there is a deep frustration and at times total disbelief at the criminal and anti-social behaviour that young people engage in with apparent impunity. Incidents where known criminals are repeatedly allowed back into the local community only to cause more harm and more damage are common.

"These are people who are killing people on our roads, bringing drugs into our communities and terrorising people. It is totally unacceptable that such 'child' agents are being given a free hand by the PSNI.

"I will be writing to the British Secretary of State and requesting the names of all of these 'child' agents under the Freedom of Information Act"


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