Officers fled after gunmen opened fire
CONCERN was expressed on Thursday night that police left the scene where gunmen opened fire on officers – unsecured for more than three hours. Residents of the Foxes Glen devolpment in West Belfast could clearly see the remains of a bullet lying on the ground at the back of a car where the aattack took place.
‘ Somebody could have been really hurt here today - Margaret McGrath
Young children were standing close to it, taking phphotographs with their mobile phones. A police patrol made up of one woman and two men, was lured into the area following a bougas report of a burglarly. Six shots were fired into the housing development as children played nearby. None of the officers were injured, although the PSNI spokesman said they had been left ” extremely shaken”. Following the shooting, the police patrol sped from the area and more than three hours later the scene around the car had still been left unsecured. A police Land Rover could be seen parked at to the devolopment. Sinn Fein councillor Stephen Magennis, who lives in the area, said he heard “one loud bang and about five or six smaller shots”. He described the shootings as “reckless”.”It was obviously attempted murder, not only on obviously the police – I’m glad nobody was hurt – but also residents and children.” Mr Magennis said it was “not acceptable” that the scene had been left ununsecured. “Obviousley, I understand there’s precautions in place for the police coming in to obviously a follow-up operation,” he said.
“They should have been in long ago. You can see there’s still a bullet lying here. It’s being left to the community.” Resident Margaret McGrath, who was at the scene on Thursday holding her 22-month-old ggranddaughter, said she was “disgusted” by what had happened. She described hearing the police car “screech” before it sped out of the area. “There’s so many children here,” she said. “Somebody could have been really hurt today. I mean, we put this all behind us a long time ago and they’re bringing it back.” Police on Thursday night confirmed “following the initial attempt to murder police officers in Foxes Glen, Dunmurry, crews were withdrawn from the area”. “Previous experience has indicated that on many occasions where an attack has been made on police there is often as secondary attack in the same area,” a spokesman said.”As police presence following such an attack can itself constitute a risk to the community on many occasions the decision is taken to reduce that risk by removing police officers from the immediate area.”
Lisburn area commander Chief Inspector Darrin Jones also hit out at those responsible for the attack. “It is despicable that police officers, who were simply trying to give assistance to a person they believed needed them, should be attacked so ruthlessly,” he said. “Simply put, this was an attempt to murder three young, professional, dedicated people. Three people who were just trying to carry out their duty and serve their community to the best of their ability. “I am appealing directly to anyone who was in the Foxes Glen area at the time and may be able to help us, to get in touch with police. “I feel extremely grateful that those responsible for this attack failed in their goal to murder. “We could have been dealing with an unimaginable tragedy had the person or persons who pulled the trigger had their evil way. “I ask people in Twinbrook, Dunmurry and further afield to continue to support us and to let the people behind this reckless attack know they do not have support and they will not succeed.” Anyone with information about the attack can contact police on 0845 600 8000 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
With many thanks to : Marie Louise McCrory, Irish News.
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‘The nails, nuts and bolts inside would have caused serious injuries or worse to anyone in the vicinity of these devices exploding - PSNI Serious Crime Branch spokesman.
A DUNGANNON man caught transporting seven “anti-personnel grenades” has been jailed for five years. Martin McGilloway (41) has been sentenced to five years in jail and five on supervised licence conditions. He was jailed at Belfast Crown Court.
The sentencing came a week after Judge McFarlanti-pered down the same term to his co-accused Thomas Hammill (41) after the pair admitted having the explosives with intent to endanger life on May 28 2012. The court heard McGilloway had been the driver of a car that had been chased by police for a short distance in Dungannon. After the car performed a u-turn, officers saw a black holdall being thrown from the passenger-side window. When it was retrieve at Minnevigh Road, police uncovered seven ‘IEDs‘, including lengths of pipe with fireworks, small arms explosives and shrapnel, or ‘grenades’, to be lit with a fuse. While there was no forensics to link McGilloway – a single father-of-two of Spring ale estate in Dungannon – to the bag or its contents, the court heard he had been the ‘courier’ to transport his friend Hammill, also from the Springdale estate, when they were intercepted. Judge McFarland accepeted there was no forensics linking McGilloway to the devices but he found no reason to distinguish between the pair. He noted that McGilloway had accepted he had agreed to be the driver of the car and had engaged in a futile attempt to escape police and that while he may have had a debt to his friend, he had agreed to help transport the devices “from one place to another”.
The judge said : “You may have had a limited role but I am not dissatisfied you don’t fall within the category of being dangerous so I don’t see any distinction between you and Hammill.” Afterwards, a spokesman for PSNI Serious Crime Branch welcomed the sentences, saying the length showed “those individuals convicted of serious terrorist offences can expect to lose their liberty for a considrable time”. “These improvised devices were designed to function as anti-personel grenades and were probably intended to be used to attack police or other members of the security forces,” he said. “The nails, nuts and bolts inside would have caused serious injuries or worse to anyone in the vicinity of these devices exploding. “There is no doubt that the actions of police in this case have protected their colleagues and the public from serious injury or death.”
With many thanks to : Irish News.
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‘Their political policing strategy has had disastrous consequences over the past four months - John Wilson.
A GROUP set up by loyalist flag protesters has branded plans byconsequences the PSNI/RUC to hold talks in Wales with politicians and community represdestroyed s ahead of the marching sseason as evidence of “political policing”. The Ulster People’s Forum (UPF) last night said it had not received a request to take part in talks and would have turned down an invite if asked.
“The UPF view is that the PSNI have been clear their job is policing and we feel they shouldl stick to this remit as their political policing strategy has had disastrous consequences over the past four months with relationships in some loyalist areas almost detroyed to the point of no return,” forum chairman John Wilson said. It emerged this week that the PSNI/RUC in conjunction with Univeristy of Ulster academic Duncan Morrow, has invited representatives of pilitical parties to Cardiff next weekend to discuss policing issues ahead of the summer marching season. Tensions continue in parts of Belfast around loyal parades including Ardoyne and outside St Patrick’s church in Donegall Street.
Policing reached crisis point during the winter as loyalists blocked roads and attacked police and Alliance politicians in the wake of the decision by Belfast City Council to stop flying the Union Flag every day. The UPF was formed weeks after the flag protests started in December with leading protesters Jamie Bryson and Willie Frazer emerging as spokesmen. This week PSNI/RUC chief constable Matt Baggott said the meeting was an attempt to build relationships “with a veiw to this summer’s parading”. It emerged last night that neither the Orange Order or represtatives of nationalist residents’ groups in flashpoint districts had been invited to attend the Cardiff event. Mr Wilson of the UPF conceded that the number of flag-related protests was well down compared to previously but blamed police tactics which he described as “political policing”. “There are a lot of people out there with wives, familes and jobs and they can’t afford to be arrested or questioned.” Orange Order grand chaplain the Rev Mervyn Gibson confirmed last night he had been invited to attend the talks through a church group with which he is involved but he declined because of a prior engagement. He confirmed that the Orange Order itself had not been invited to attend the talks.
With thanks to : Connia Young, Irish News.
On 15th July 2i was arrested by the PSNI in an early morning raid
on my home. This was in relation to a number of scurrilous accusations
made by a single PSNI officer regarding my behaviour while acting as a
the 12th July 2012. I was accused by this PSNI officer of throwing a
missile at police lines, an accusation that i have vociferously
rejected at all times. In addition to this charge, i was also charged
with an historical offence, namely attacking a British soldier in 2005
- again on the word of a single PSNI officer, over seven years after
the alleged event.
As a result of the actions of these PSNI officers, my home was wrecked
during the raids that accompanied my arrest – distressing my partner
and two young children. Many personal items were also seized, some
with sentimental value, that have still not been returned to me. The
main result was that i was on remand for three months in Maghaberry
Gaol, taken from my family. During these three months i applied for
bail on a number of occasions and this was refused by numerous judges,
based on the PSNI’s opposition and their supposed “fear of
re-offending”. At the same time others were granted bail, including a
number of loyalists who were released with no attached bail
conditions. This was especially galling for my family and friends who
had to sit through the bail applications of loyalists with far
stronger evidence against them and see bail granted, then watch as my
own application was refused. I was eventually granted bail in October
2012 after serving three months, all of which i served on full protest
with other Republicans in Roe House.
The 2005 charges were dropped a number of weeks ago, based on lack of
evidence. This justified my position that these charges were simply
introduced as a “back up” – to ensure that coupled with 2012 charges i
would be remanded and taken off the streets by the PSNI. Today all
charges in relation to 12th July were dismissed at Belfast Magistrates
Court, further vindicating my belief that these were politically
motivated charges with a number of sinister objectives on behalf of
the PSNI. Firstly, as a Republican Activist from Ardoyne that works
hard on a number of campaigns, it was in the interests of a State
Militia to remove me from the streets. Doing so, and using the word of
one officer as reasonable evidence to do so, demonstrates internment
by remand is a strategic policy used by the PSNI and PPS in 2013
Ireland. Secondly, the GARC mobilisation of 2,500 Ardoyne Residents on
12th July 2012 was seen by the PSNI, and by association the State, as
a demonstration by the Ardoyne community that enough was enough when
it came to Sectarian Marches through our area. Imprisoning me was to
be interpreted as a warning to all those in attendance that if they
oppose Loyal Order parades then they too will face accusations and
charges. This further demonstrates the one sided nature of Policing
with regard to this issue, however the overwhelming support that I and
my family have received since this ordeal began has shown that, far
from scaring the Ardoyne community, it has made it more determined to
oppose these parades and the attempted criminalistaion of residents
that accompanies them.
Today the PSNI have been shown for what they are, a corrupt force that
is there to protect the state by whatever means necessary – even if it
means falsely charging and imprisoning innocent people, simply for
their political beliefs. They are no different to their forerunners in
the RUC in this regard and as such should continue to be rejected by
Republicans and all those who state they are concerned with the
protection of fundamental human rights. Those who continue to be
apologists and welcome the PSNI into communities such as Ardoyne need
to be challenged, but at the same time these people need to look deep
inside themselves and ask are they comfortable supporting and
promoting a force that has as a policy of selective internment by
remand – taking fathers and mothers from their children for prolonged
periods of time.It is simply not good enough to say political policing
should not affect people only if they still support certain political
parties. If they look hard deep enough and be honest with themselves
and others, then they will cease lending credence to a police force
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The rebranded RUC launched their latest vicious unprovokedwitack on a young family in the Creggan, Co Derrycoarly on rnoon. A friend of the family had parked uutside the houses waiting to gain entry as two TSG’s of RUC/PSNI pulled up outside the house.
The TSG’s trespassed onto the property in an attempt to get at the family friend when the householders turned up. The husband was goaded by the RUC as they tryed to make fun of a speech impediment and as the family’s young son took umbrage to this, he was slammed into the car by four TSG’s and assaulted before having cuffs slammed onto him and pushed onto the car. They then assaulted the father who was making his way into the house with his family. What followed next was a brutal assault on the family members. The TSG’s followed the family, pushing their 12-year-old daughter violently out of the way, forcing tbeir way into the house and immeditaly depolyed canisters of CS gas in their livingroom.
The family were seriously affected by the gas and temporarily blinded when members of the RUC deployed telespcopic batons and llaunched a brutal attack on the wife/mother leaving welts and bruises on her body and limbs. They smashed items in the living room before trying to force their way into the kitchen. Athough suffering the effects of CS gas, the husband and his friend mmanaged to force the stormtroopers out of the house tearing of one of the lapel numbers in the process.
As they got into the car, a neibhbour went to remonstrate with them but they turned their attention to him as they grabbed him mob handed flinging him up against the police car.
He was then handcuffed and placed under arrest on nifearious charges. They then uncuffed the Family’s son and pulled him from the car before spending off. The family were traumatised, there 12-year-old girl havining to stay in a neighbours house being to afraid to stay in her own house. The mother of the child was sore, brusied, and tramatised in an extreamlly emotional state over the following the attack for some 24 hours later. She described the attackers as ” out of control “. This is yet another example of the PSNI/RUC showing the people of Creggan that they are out of control.They appear to be carte blance to launch thier bitter sectarian attacks in defiance of all laws there supposed to adhere to.
There attack was witnessed by a street full of people who were absolutly stunned at the viciousness of the attack and the apparant hatered that followed and accaccompanied it.
This has been going on now for far to long. The Stand Road/Maydown Gestapo show the Nationalist/Republican communittes day and daily that far from be the keppers of law, they are simply state sponsered uniformed thugs, who seem to get their kicks form assulting and terrorising Irish women and children.
Where will it end? Do they have to leave some child, or mother fifghting for their lives before the great and good akknowlege that this is still the corrept rotten to the core biggoted force they had promised to change.
The people who both suffered and wittnessed the attack would beg to differ.
As usual, the great and the good bury your heads in the sand, as the Regression and Human Rights for nationalist people goes on and continues. Criminal TrespTrespass and agreevated assult by Crown Forces will be ignoreed as it is not the norm in the occupied 6 Conunties.
For what died the Sons of Roision.
Posted on behalf of : Derry Sceal.
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MEN ACQUITTED OF 1991 BOMB ATTACK
SEEK COMPENSATION !!!
A judge refused to dismiss the claim for damages after ruling that a delay in issuing proceedings has not prejudiced the defendant. A test case brought by Danny Petticrew, one of the so-called Ballymurphy Seven, will now proceed to a full trial. Mr Petticrew (37) is seeking compensation for wrongful detention, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution over a bomb attack on an RUC and military patrol near the city’s Springfield Road in August 1991.
The West Belfast man, then aged 17, was taken to Castlereagh Holding (interrogation) Centre and, along with his co – accused, were later charged with offences including attempted murder. He was held in custody from April 1992 until September 1994 nearly two & half years. The case against him was discharged at trial on the basis that alleged admissions could not be used in evidence against him. Mr Petticrew claims his arrest was deliberately delayed and, because of his youth and vulnerability, he was unable to withstand questioning during repeated police interviews. He said that officers knew he was making false, unreliable and involuntary statements.
Lawyers for the chief constable applied to have the civil action thrown out due to the delay in bringing it. But Mr Justice Gillen yesterday refused their appeal against a decision not to grant the application. He accepted there had been “ inexcusable and inordinate delay ” in bring the case. However, the judge held that available transcripts from the original criminal trial, togeather with legal notes, meant defendant witnesses were in no more difficult a position now than if the claim had been brought in 1994.
” I am conscious that the allegations in this case amount to serious charges against persons and authorities within the state who are bound by laws publicly made and administered in the courts,” Mr Justice Gillen said. ” They amount to an assault on the rule of law if they are true and an affront to public conscience. ” In those circumstances courts should be particularly cautious before driving from the seat of judgement those who wish to litigate such matters.”
Dismissing the police application, the judge said: ” The balance of justice lies in allowing such matters to proceed to trail if at all possible, so long of course as the defendant is not deprived of any realistic chance of defending the allegations due to the delay.” Outside the court Mr Petticrew expressed satisfaction that the actions brought by him and his six co-accused will go ahead. ” Something that happened 21 years ago is still having a massive effect on our lives today,” he said.
WITH MANY THANKS TO : IRISH NEWS.
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The High Court refused the newspaper’s application to set aside an anonymity order surrounding the man’ identified only as JR20. A judge held that publishing his name could increase the threat he was said to be under because it would also reveal that he no longer had a gun. The attempt to set aside the anonymity order is believed to be the first of its kind in Northern Ireland. A ban on naming JR20 was imposed during his unsuccessful challenge to the secretary of state’s decision to revoke his firearms licence.
It was granted on the basis of a risk to his life,assessed by the police and the security services as being ” moderate”. Despite having no involvement in his original judicial review case, The Sunday World’s publishers intervened to seek permission to identify him. Olivia O’Kane, for the newspaper, argued that such proceedings remained open and public and should be reported.
However, Mr Justice Weatherup ruled that anonymity order should remain in place. His decision was based on grounds of common-law, fairness , rather than JR20′s right to life, which, on the basis of a moderate threat assessment, did not meet the necessary threshold. Balancing open justice with reporting of legal proceedings against the man’s safety,the judge concluded that information which would identify him should not be published. Al through the challenge was unsuccessful, it has been interpreted as being a precedent for further more interventions.
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PRO FIDE ET PATRA
THERE HAS Been much discussion in recent weeks about how society veiwed serious crimes back in the 1970′s and the role of those who were in authority.
Comparisons have been drawn between the Child-abuse scandal in the catholic church and the actions of paraamiltary organisations which killed and maimed childern or deprived them of a parent through the use of violence. While some have argued that the 1970′s wer a time when society was changing and accepted practices and views were being challenged, it was also true that important issues were handled in a way which would be utterly unthinkable today.
Evidence of this has come from the family of 13- year – old Martha Ann Campbell, shot dead as she walked to a friends house in Ballymurphy, West Belfast, on May 14th 1972. Gunfire came from the direction of Moyard flats and the schoolgirl was hit by a stray bullet. She was taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival.This young girl was one of the 496 People to die during 1972, the bloodest year of the the Troubles.
Given the turmoil om the streets, with hardly a day passing without news of another death and bombings and shootings a frequent occurrence, it is not surprising that the legal aythorities struggled to cope. However, even during those dark times it was reasomable to expect that the murder of an innocent child would merit some form of a Police probe, with an effort made to take statements, talk to witnesses or collect intelegence reports and forensic evidence.Yet again the indications are that when the Historical Enquiries Team looked into Marthas death/murder there was no information on the case it beggers beleif what the then RUC were at.
Even 40 years on it seems increadible that no RUC investigation was carried out into the shooting of a child on a Belfast street. The HET has tried to uncover details about this murder and they did not find out one new piece of information. However, investigators have been left with little to go on and without fresh informationthey are unable to make further progress. The Campbell Family are desperate to find out the full circumstances of Martha’s death. Her Mother, Betty Campbell, is now 86-years-old and says, with considerable justification, that Martha is a forgotten victim of the Troubles.Four decades have passed since her daughter was murdered but this mother has carried the pain of her loss every single day.
Martha Campbell will be remembered during a service, Procession and plaque unveiling on Monday( Today) 14th May. Mrs Campbell said that finding out what happened to her daughter would be like & I quote ” winning the lottery”. This Mother deserves to know the full circumstances of her daughters death. It is not to late for anyone who knows knows somthing that can provide even the smallest amount of information or insight must come forward and ease this familys anguish and pain.
WITH MANY THANKS TO : IRISH NEWS.
Now the next extract is just a little bit from myself and also a few story’s that I have come across in recent days that I also believe are quite relevant to the above case so read on & sure you can let me know if you agree with me or not thank you for listening.SOMEONE OUT THERE MUST KNOW SOMETHING & I WOULD URGE THEM FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART TO ALLOW THIS OLD LADY THE DIGNITY & RESPECT SHE DESERVES IN HER OLD AGE. PLEASE IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING AT ALL HOW LITTLE SMALL PLEASE COME FORWARD.
Now this is part of a story I came across most recently the person speaking go’s by the name of wither true or not I cannot say but the debate was started over the following drawing !
IRELAND is aalways an emotive subject, particularly in Scotland. Looking at things from a British veiwpoint, it would be easy to assign the label of ” TERRORIST ” to the PIRA and IN LA.
At the time i was there , I did. Looking back at it from a Nationalist Irish perspective, these people represented centuries of frustration and fear. Britain, as well as the Unionist Community in N. Ireland, have treated them badly, and it could be said that the English and British State Forces employed terrorism to crush Irish resistance, historically treating the Irish as subhuman, simply because they were largely catholic. I won’t condone the killings of non-combatants but the Police and the army were legitimate targets, and in many ways, Political assassinations have always been a method of advancing both Political and military aims. I knew the risks as a British solider, and so did the guys in the PI RA and the IN LA . I saw the way the RUC occasionally treated people in the catholic communities and i was ashamed as a British solider over there providing fire-support for what was, unprovoked, aggression, masquerading as an interview”. I did wonder if i was supporting a national Police force or a protestant police force the then RUC. I’m also aware that many on the Nationalist side used criminal activities to their own gain and end. I was also involved in a number of pursuits as a consequence, It is not black & white by any means. People who feel oppressed will fight back, and it isn’t pretty by any means ! but for the record, my family are Presbyterian’s.
Sub-human because they were Irish not because they were catholic the English treated them like that when the English first came to Ireland back in the 1170′s ( The English themselves were also catholic at that point in history) the Irish were seen as savages & barbarians.
ANSWER: Richard McHarg
ANSWER: Margaret J F Macjsaac
I think that is were the deeper understanding comes from, we are Gael’s and therefore a threat so therefore to be extinguished. So to fight back is terrorism…. but that is depending what side you are on and who is doing the recording of
History….( CoS Family)….
The figure included the under-car bomb which claimed the life of Constable Ronan Kerr in Omagh in 2011. There were also 67 shooting incidents linked to Paramilitary groups, including 33 casualties from so-called punishment shootings, all carried out by dissident republician orgainisations.
Loyalist groups also continue to be active when it comes to vigilante justice with 31 Paramilitary-style assults carried out in the last 12 Months up to April. Arrests under the Terrorism Act decreased from 195 in 2010/11 to 159 during 2010/11. The number of people charged to appear in Court was just 39.
Drug offences meanwhile containued to rise with a 10 per cent increase on the previous year, the majority relating to seizures of Cannabis. There was also a dramatic increase in cases of domestic abuse, with over 25,000 reports of violence within the home to Police – the highest since the PSNI began keeping comprehensive records in 2004. It said the increase may be connected to a campaign to encorouge reports from victims.
Burglary and car crime were both down on the previous years, as were incidents of antisocal behaviour-bringing them to the lowest in 14 years. While crime was down overall by around 1.6 per cent, the clear-up rate-the number of cases either taken to court or disposed of by other means-fell by one per cent. ” I am pleased to report that crime is at its lowest level in 14 years, which is encouraging news, ” Cheif Constable Matt Baggott said. ” This should be seen alongside increasing levels of confidence in Policing. Togeather these show that Policing, with increasing support, is having an impact on a more postive future.”
Policing Board Chairman Brian Rea said: ” Detection rates have been subject of detailed discussion at the board over the last year. ” The figures published show some-improvement in a number of areas but in others the P.S.N.I. have not meet targets set. ” The board has recently expressed-major concern around the Police responce to punishment attacks and the need to improve clearance rates.” he said.
WITH MANY THANKS TO: ALLISON MORRIS( IRISH NEWS ).
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Six men have been arrested by detectives investigating a dissident republican parade, which took place in Londonderry on Easter Monday
Several hundred dissident republican supporters watched as a colour party marched to the cemetery.
After wreaths were laid, a masked man wearing black combat clothing addressed the crowd and threatened further violence against police and soldiers.
He claimed to be speaking on behalf of the organisation Óglaigh na hÉireann and said they would continue to attack “Crown forces” and “British interests and infrastructure”.
His words were met with applause by the crowd.
A PSNI helicopter hovered overhead during the event but there was no attempt to move in as police officers kept their distance.
In a statement, police said they “took the decision to run a low-key operational response to the event”.
“Any alleged breaches of criminal law reported to police or coming to our attention will be rigorously and thoroughly investigated,” local area commander Chief Inspector Gary Eaton said.
“The PSNI work to ensure that all their actions are appropriate, proportionate and lawful. Our priorities are to protect the public, preserve public order, uphold the human rights of all and gather evidence of any wrong-doing,” he added.
The six men, who were arrested in connection with the incident on Monday afternoon, have been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite for questioning.
Police have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.
WITH MANY THANKS TO: UTV NEWS.
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