“we need to be cautious in our approach to some crime scenes.”

Police have defended their reaction to a raid on an ATM at a Fermanagh supermarket in which a digger was used after claims that they did not arrive on the scene until 12 hours after they were called. From the BBC report.

Police said they investigated straight away, but had to be cautious due to the terrorist threat in the area. “Additional resources were allocated to the investigation including the police helicopter and additional officers,” a PSNI statement said.

“The people of Fermanagh are well aware that policing in the county is being delivered against the backdrop of a significant threat from dissident republican criminals, who have shown their determination to kill officers. “Policing is being delivered but officers’ safety is a priority and that may mean that, at times, we need to be cautious in our approach to some crime scenes.”

Of course, that will change whenever policing powers are devolved.. Update Gardaí have arrested three men in Co. Monaghan.