No-one arrested and no homes raided over East Belfast UVF violence

The PSNI have not made any arrests or searched a single property in connection with violence in east Belfast and north Down, despite warning the public they had information loyalist paramilitaries intended to orchestrate attacks linked to the removal of two controversial bonfires.

A bonfire at Bloomfield walkway in east Belfast was set on fire by loyalists at around 5am last Wednesday, July 11, as riot police and contractors moved in to enforce a court order holding the landowner, the Department for Infrastructure, responsible for the towering pyre.

A second bonfire, built on the road close to a listed building at Cluan Place, was later removed by masked contractors, hired from outside of Northern Ireland and protected by around 200 riot police.

Police later warned they had information that the east Belfast UVF intended to “orchestrate disorder” across parts of Belfast and North Down.

However, despite two days of disturbances and numerous bomb alerts – including one that closed the City Airport for several hours – 16 vehicles were set on fire, including a bus hijacked at gunpoint in the West Winds estate in Newtownards, there were no arrests.

A PSNI spokesperson told the Irish News that they have not made any arrests or conducted any searches in east Belfast, Bangor or Newtownards, despite the loyalist violence.

Last week the Irish News reported that DUP councillors had held meeting with senior loyalists, linked to the UVF, prior to the weekend’s attacks.

Councillor Lee Reynolds had attended a late night meeting attended by loyalist Stephen Matthews that ran into the early hours of Wednesday July 11 in a last-ditch effort to resolve the bonfire dispute in east Belfast.

Previous engagement with DUP councillor George Dorrian and senior UVF linked loyalists had also taken place prior to last week’s court injunction.

Mr Dorrian, along with PUP councillor Dr John Kyle, was part of a panel that carried out a detailed report into bonfires. He said he felt the controversial engagement was important to “build on that”.

“We have seen progress and a number of new initiatives across the city, which were clearly a success, the key being they were developed by local communities”, he said.

“I said at the outset I would engage anyone anywhere who could bring a positive influence and I stand by that commitment.

“Problems do still exist but engagement will continue throughout the year ahead until satisfactory outcomes are reached.

“This is a long term project and we will have achieved our goal when no bonfire can be reasonably deemed to threaten anyone or their property”, Mr Dorrian added.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story.

RUC’s, PSNI’s and MI5’s Drew Harris appointed Garda Commissioner

Drew Harris has been an RUC/PSNI officer for 35 years

PSNI Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris has been appointed as the new head of the police in the Republic of Ireland.

The appointment is for a five-year term and Mr Harris, who will receive an annual salary of €250,000 (£200,300), will take up the post in September.

Mr Harris has been a police officer for 35 years. His father, a senior member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, was murdered in an IRA bomb attack in 1989.

He replaces Nóirín O’Sullivan who retired last September.

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan said he was looking forward to working with Mr Harris “on our shared objective of ensuring the security of the State and the safety of the public”.

He will take up his post on the retirement of Acting Commissioner Dónall Ó Cualáin.

Who is Drew Harris?
Drew Harris has been a police officer for 35 years. He started his career in 1983 in the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) – the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) replaced the RUC in 2001.

His father Supt Alwyn Harris was also an RUC officer who was murdered in 1989 when the IRA planted a bomb under his car.

Drew Harris, who is married with four grown-up children, has held a number of senior roles with the PSNI.

For the past four years, he has been second in command, serving as deputy to Chief Constable George Hamilton.

Mr Harris, who was awarded an OBE in 2010, is an expert in high-risk covert policing operations and critical incidents.

He has a degree in politics and economics, and a masters in criminology.

Earlier this year, both Mr Harris and Mr Hamilton were cleared of allegations of criminal activity and misconduct in public office.

It followed an investigation by the police ombudsman into complaints over a PSNI bribery inquiry.

With many thanks to: BBCNI for the origional story

Complaint rejected against RUC/PSNI officer who threatened to shoot motorist

The Police Ombudsman has rejected a complaint against officer who threatened to shoot motorist.

THE Police Ombudsman has rejected a complaint by a member of the public against a police officer who admitted threatening to shoot the complainant.

The man complained to the watchdog of “oppressive behaviour” towards him as he attempted to collect his son from a concert on the Boucher Road.

He at first tried to park in a closed-off slip road before attempting to turn into a lane blocked off by a police Land Rover.

He said the officer grabbed him by the arms and stuck his knuckles into his throat causing bruising under his chin which had been confirmed by the Mater Hospital.

However, ombudsman investigators, who interviewed the officer and took accounts from members of the public and other police officers, reviewed Body Worn (BWV) video footage of the incident and rejected the man’s complaint.

The officer denied any wrongdoing but admitted to threatening to shoot after the complainant had driven towards him. He said his actions were necessary due to the man’s “aggressive demeanour” and his failure to heed police instructions.

A report was also sent to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) which directed no prosecution of the officer.

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the origional story.

More harassment of Irish republicans by the armed paramilitary police force of the RUC/PSNI

PSNI harassment at a community lead vigil against recent acts of criminality.

Tonight members of Republican Network for Unity, stood alongside a local Sinn Fein elected representative and members of the local community, attending a community organised vigil regarding the recent spate of armed robberies to local businesses on the junction of The Glen and Suffolk Road.

As the vigil neared an end, three armoured PSNI land rovers arrived and sat observing those in attendance. The heavily armed presence of the PSNI intimidated the members of the local community, some who then felt uncomfortable and left the vigil before it ended.

The PSNI then singled out a handful of those gathered including local residents and stopped them under the trumped up justice and security act.

This vigil, a community based incentive was advertised under the banner of ‘hands off our community’. The businesses along this junction have recently suffered severely at the hands of criminals, so much so it is now affecting the services provided to the area and is also affecting local employment.

The question that needs to be asked would the PSNI’s time not be better spent finding these criminal elements that are the cause of such harm to our communities, rather than harassing republicans and local residents working for the better of the local community.

With many thanks to: Republican Network for Unity – national page

The British Sectarian Police Force has attacked our comrades in Lurgan and Derry while we commerated our Republican Dead – Shame on Shame Féin for supporting ‘British Crown Forces’ – Whilst they attack and beat old women at 78-years-of-age – WHAT HAS IRELAND COME TOO??

Over the past number of days, Republicans across Derry have been targeted by British Crown Forces resulting in multiple Saoradh activists being lifted from the street and from their homes.

This follows on from Junior McDaid House, the revolutionary hub of Saoradh Doire and the party’s national office, being picked apart in an early morning raid by armed and masked individuals operating on behalf of the RUC and British Military Intelligence.

Coupled with these actions, the Facebook page of Junior McDaid House was somewhat coincidently removed and admins banned, mere minutes before the raid took part. Again evoking censorship on a political party seeking to expose the continued occupation of our island.

The raids and subsequent seizures follow on from a successful weekend for Republicans both in the city and further afield as we commemorated Ireland’s patriot dead.

Having witnessed horrendous scenes in Lurgan on Saturday where armed militia men proceeded to interrupt an RSF Commemoration, the youth of Derry were not about to let the same thing happen as Republicans commemorated heroes of Ireland.

As the Derry 1916 Commemoration Committee event got underway, those intent on imposing political repression upon the people of Derry started to saturate the area. Although they moved to thwart the commemoration, the youth of the city emerged with a well prepared plan to force the Crown Forces out of the Republican Creggan estate.

Immediately after British thugs were forced from the area, micro minister and partitionist leader of Sinn Fein, Michelle O’Neill, hit out at those attacking the forces of occupation.

She demanded that Republicans be “brought before the law” and called for action to be taken against those commemorating the men and women who fought and continue to fight for the ultimate goal of a 32 County Socialist Republic.

Whilst raids and arrests are nothing new to Republicans, it is the outrageous draconian bail conditions imposed on our activists upon release that is a worrying development. These bail conditions are designed to fracture Republican structures in Derry and deter activists from continuing their committed work to rebuilding the Republican Movement and working tirelessly on behalf of our communities. This tactic will fail!

Despite the deafening silence of former comrades and those who have now been eloped by the very system they once claimed they would never be part of, Saoradh stand firm in our opposition to
the current harassment, intimidation and political repression of our party membership.

Its clear that British Crown Forces are following a policy of censorship towards Saoradh. This is simply because they are fearful of our growth and realise that our political narrative is being accepted by the community.

RUC/PSNI attack Republican Sinn Féin Easter Sunday parade in Lurgan

Police officers hold a participant at the event in Lurgan (Image: Press Eye)

A woman was injured and several people are understood to have been arrested after police moved in on a Republican Sinn Fein event.

The ‘colour party’ held in Lurgan was an Easter Rising commemoration.

Footage online showed heated scenes between the PSNI and those attending the event at the Edward Costello Memorial Garden in the Kilwilkee estate.

DUP MLA Carla Lockhart praised the actions of the PSNI.

PSNI move in on Lurgan Republican Sinn Fein event

She said: “I very much welcome the police operation to stop this illegal parade and glorification of terrorists.

“I hear plenty of comments from republicans on legal Orange parades but they are strangely silent when republicans decide to march whenever they want glorifying terror in an illegal march.

Top cop wants Oglaigh na hEireann ceasefire to include ‘criminality within communities’
“It is good to see a robust operation to prevent this illegality rather than a follow up arrest operation some weeks later. I congratulate the PSNI Commanders who authorised this operation and the officers on the ground who implemented this plan so effectively.”

 

 

With many thanks to: Belfast Live for the origional story.

More shocking revelations revealed on RUC/PSNI officers

RUC/PSNI officer had affair with associate of gang linked to Ronan Kerr’s murder

A POLICEWOMAN has been reprimanded but allowed to return to work after having an inappropriate sexual relationship with an associate of a criminal gang linked to PSNI officer Ronan Kerr’s murder.

The officer was suspended from duty some years ago after the affair emerged and the PSNI launched an investigation.

She was brought before an internal misconduct hearing last month where she was sanctioned, including having her pay docked.

However the policewoman is now free to return to operational duty.

It is understood the man whom the PSNI officer was romantically involved with is associated with members of a criminal gang linked to constable Ronan Kerr’s murder.

The 25-year-old Catholic PSNI officer was killed in April 2011 when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car in Omagh.

No-one has ever been charged with his murder. Dissident republican paramilitaries have been blamed for the killing.

The criminal gang is suspected of involvement in the theft of cars for dissidents involved in the murder plot.

The misconduct proceedings against the policewoman were held around six weeks ago.

Read more: Analysis – Police likely to face more questions over sensitive Ronan Kerr case

The PSNI had in 2014 sent a file in relation to the case to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS), but it decided not to pursue a prosecution.

A number of misconduct charges – two ‘integrity matters’ and two ‘professional duty matters’ – were upheld at the internal disciplinary.

On professional duty matters, the officer was found to have engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a person involved in and associated with criminality.

The policewoman was also reprimanded for failing to abide by property management procedures and retaining items of evidence at her home.

On integrity matters, the officer was found to have received information about persons of interest to police potentially breaching bail but failed notify colleagues. Another reprimand sanction was imposed.

The officer also breached police bail conditions placed on her, for which the hearing imposed a year-long pay reduction equating to more than £9,000.

The policewoman had initially been suspended while the PSNI carried out a criminal investigation, but she was later allowed to return to office-based work.

However, following the internal disciplinary, the PSNI has confirmed the officer has now returned to an operational role.

Police said the matter was never referred to the Police Ombudsman because it was “not the subject of a public complaint”.

The Irish News asked the PSNI why there were not more serious sanctions against the policewoman.

In a statement Chief Superintendent John McCaughan, head of PSNI’s professional standards department, said: “Following an investigation into the actions of a police officer by the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s professional standards department a file was prepared and sent to the Public Prosecution Service.

“They directed no prosecution in relation to all matters reported to them.

“The matter was not the subject of a public complaint, thus it was not referred to the Police Ombudsman.

“Following that, an officer appeared before misconduct proceedings in February 2018 to answer a number of charges.

“The charges were proven and the officer received a number of disciplinary sanctions as a result.

“As the misconduct proceedings have now finalised, the officer has returned to an operational role.

“The duty status of the officer was kept under review throughout the process.

“Decisions as to whether or not an officer required to be suspended from duty were guided by the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2000 in this particular case.

“This places an obligation upon the service to keep the duty status of an officer under continual review, to ensure that any decision is lawful, necessary and proportionate.

“An officer was initially suspended at the commencement of the investigation, and later returned to a non-public facing, outside the evidential chain until the misconduct proceedings finished.”

A PPS spokeswoman said: “The PPS received a file from the PSNI in February 2014 concerning a number of allegations against a serving police officer, including misconduct in public office and attempting to do an act with intent to pervert the course of justice.

“After careful consideration of all the available evidence in this case, it was concluded in September 2014 that the test for prosecution was not met on the grounds of insufficient evidence to provide a reasonable prospect of conviction.”

With many thanks to: Brendan Hughes and The Irish News for the origional story.