“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.

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  • Paul

    what a sad excuse for a police force

  • Glensman

    Police *Service*

  • joeCanuck

    At the same time, senior officers have a duty of care to those they supervise. It’s a damn difficult situation which can only be solved long term by neutralizing those prepared to use force for political ends.

  • Rory Carr

    I heard that the original call to the police came from a customer at the ATM furious that the machine had grabbed his card without reason then, having waited 10 hours for the cops to arrive, got fed up and took matters into his own hands. As what citizen would not?

    Perhaps he recalled that old wartime slogan, “Dig for Victory!”.

  • john

    As the chief Constable has told us on numerous occasions “This is normalised policing” look into my eyes”yes the eyes” every thing is normal on the policing front.

    They haven’t gone away you know! ( The IRA )

  • crab apple

    Some of you miss the obvious point. If you need to balance the life of a police officer against a cash machine, it’s a no-brainer. In south Fermanagh the micro-spides are doing everything they possibly can to murder police officers. Try walking a mile in their trousers and then you’ve the right to criticise (and change your trousers). Otherwise turn your ire on the fuckers who want nothing but blood and give nothing but hate.

  • ok then

    If you want quick responses in such dangerous territory then support the following: re-open all the closed stations, bring back the army and re-instate aerial observation from choppers.
    Otherwise, dry your eyes.

  • the future;s bright, the future’s orange

    it’s a no win situation for the cops. If they respond rapidly they become easy targets but if they don;t respond then eventually this type of policing is going to end in a tragedy.

    The previous post was probably said a bit tongue in cheek but a lot has to be said for it!

  • ok then

    It was exasperated, but essentially that’s what we’re looking at. If the cops rush to this sort of incident and it’s actually an ambush, and a car of them are wiped out in a culvert bomb explosion, the army WILL be back. Is that what SF and the SDLP want? For fuck’s sake show some maturity and responsibility.

  • Ulsters my homeland

    Fermanagh is a great place to relax

  • [i]f the cops rush to this sort of incident and it’s actually an ambush, and a car of them are wiped out in a culvert bomb explosion, the army WILL be back.[/i]

    Aye, you wish. It would take a lot, lot more than that envisaged in your little hypothetical there for the Brits to return to our streets. We’re talking post-Assembly collapse and the resumption of a prolific republican campaign of violence before your little wet dream outlined above will even be contemplated.

  • Paul

    it takes the police farce(spelling intended) 20 minutes to respond in full riot gear to a republican protest in Belfast and 12 hours to show up to an actual crime? It shows what the political police really consider a crime

  • Mirko

    It’s hard to see how it can be a bad thing to transfer policing powers away from the interference of those who both acquiesced in and systematically took part in the murder of innocent people. The same people who bear allegiance to a state that invented the concentration camp. Start by civilising yourselves…

  • Comrade Stalin

    It’s hard to see how it can be a bad thing to transfer policing powers away from the interference of those who both acquiesced in and systematically took part in the murder of innocent people.

    The republicans would tell you that is exactly why we need to devolve powers, away from the people who ran the informers and agents without any kind of accountability who did exactly as you describe above. It’s not hard for me to agree with them.

  • Comrade Stalin

    In terms of the main point here, I think that anybody reasonable would be sympathetic to the PSNI and the need for them to protect themselves and take extra precautions in areas where dissidents have a foothold and the capacity to kill them.

    However, sending out the message that the police response will be slow in certain parts of the country opens up a window of opportunity for criminals such as the cash machine robbers here. The police will need to try to find a methodology that allows them to take the necessary precautions while maintaining response times.

  • Dave

    The problem being, Comrade, that so-called “republicans” ensured at St Andrews that they would not have any control over the “people who ran the informers and agents without any kind of accountability” because the main handlers of the Shinners, MI5, instructed them to agree that responsibility for intelligence gathering and overall national security matters should be transferred from the PSNI and given to MI5 where it would not come under public scrutiny and would not come under the control of local politicians.