PSNI initiate ‘dissident’ clampdown after city bombs

CCTV footage of the explosion at Crawford Square.
CCTV footage of the explosion at Crawford Square.

The police are initiating a clampdown that will involve extra check points and patrols in an attempt to combat the dissident republican threat in the wake of series of bomb attacks in Londonderry and Belfast.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: “The dissident republican threat remains severe and, in light of the four attacks carried out in Belfast and Londonderry over the last two weeks, the PSNI will have an enhanced profile in local communities to provide safety and reassurance to everyone.

“I apologise in advance for any inconvenience this operation may cause, but seek the public’s support, patience and understanding in what we believe is a necessary step to attempt to prevent those with murderous intent going about their business.

“This is not a decision we take lightly and we will endeavour to ensure that the balance of how we police this threat is right, as well as trying to keep disruption to a minimum. However, please be assured we will always prioritise public safety.

“There is no perfect security solution to terrorism. Long term success against the small group of people intent on causing disruption and harm to the community needs a combination of policing, community and political efforts and it is vital we all play our part.

“I would ask people to continue to be vigilant at all times. If you see any suspicious activity or any suspect objects, please report it to police immediately.”

Police are putting a high visibility operation in place over coming days as part of their ongoing efforts to counter the continuing dissident threat and keep communities safe across Northern Ireland.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.