“The safety of officers and the public is a priority for the PSNI…”

According to reports, when a family who were being threatened by an armed masked gang in their home in the Slievemore Park area of Londonderry contacted the police on 999, they were told that “officers were unable to attend the scene”.  The incident happened at around 11:30pm last night. [Adds The family have said the police did not visit them until 1100 BST on Thursday.]

From the BBC report

District Commander Chief Superintendent Stephen Martin said police had to establish if the call was genuine.

“Due to concerns that this call may have been an attempt to lure police officers into the area to attack them, officers were unable to respond as fully or as quickly as they would have wished,” he said.

“The safety of officers and the public is a priority for the PSNI and there are unfortunately some situations which may have to be dealt with cautiously due to the significant threat from terrorists.”