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DISSIDENTS THREATEN STABILITY IN THE NORTH

DISSIDENT REPUBLICANS Continue to threaten the stability of Northern Ireland with almost 60 bombing incidents in the last year according to figures released by the P.S.N.I.

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 ).

Constable Kerr murder ‘linked to other dissident incidents’

Constable Ronan Kerr Constable Ronan Kerr was killed when a booby-trap car bomb exploded
 
Detectives investigating the murder of Constable Ronan Kerr have said they have linked the killing to nine other dissident incidents

Constable Kerr, 25, died when a bomb exploded under his car at Highfield Close in Omagh in April 2011.

Detectives are also trying to identify 11 vehicles and one man in the vicinity of Highfield Close in the days leading up to the murder and on the day itself.

Police have said they could be valuable witnesses or suspects.

They have put a map of the murder scene and the vehicles on the PSNI website.

Detective Superintendent Raymond Murray said the police investigation had Constable Kerr’s murder at its core, but included several linked incidents.

These included an arms find, attempted murders, armed robberies and a number of other terrorist attacks.

“We are 10 months into this investigation but there is a long way to go,” Det Supt Murray said.

“We have trawled through an enormous amount of information obtained from our enquiries and material gleaned from previous appeals.

“But there are still gaps which we are endeavouring to close in terms of building up a complete picture of the events leading up to the explosion.

“To date, there have been 56 searches, 10 arrests and one person charged as part of the overall investigation.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact detectives on 028 8225 6687

Ronan Kerr murder: Graffiti lauding bomb ‘disgusting’

Bogside graffiti A police officer looks at one of the slogans painted in Londonderry overnight
 
Graffiti praising the murder of PSNI constable Ronan Kerr and threatening further attacks has been daubed on walls in Londonderry

The slogans were painted in the Bogside estate, an area with a predominantly republican population.

One read: “GAA cops, look what use (sic) got”. It refers to Constable Kerr’s membership of a Gaelic football club.

The graffiti is being painted out and has been condemned by politicians.

Constable Kerr, 25, was killed when a booby-trap bomb exploded underneath his car in Omagh, County Tyrone on Saturday afternoon.

Dissident republicans have been blamed for the attack.

They are opposed to the police and have repeatedly targeted officers in both gun and bomb attacks.

They are believed to be deliberately targeting Catholic officers in order to try to deter Catholics from joining the PSNI.

Last year, Peadar Heffron, a Catholic officer who played for the PSNI Gaelic football team, lost his legs in a similar booby-trap bomb attack.

Outgoing SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said that it was the second day that such “despicable and disgusting” slogans had appeared.

‘Outraged’

He added: “People really are outraged by this.

“This is not indicative of the feeling among the people of the Bogside and that is why those responsible skulked around in the dark of night and did their deed.

Bogside graffiti The graffiti was being erased by volunteers on Tuesday morning

“They are not standing up and saying it, they are using the same cowardly tactics of those who callously murdered Pc Kerr.

“The people of the Bogside are angry this morning, they have been angry since Saturday, just like the rest of the north.

“They do not deserve to be tarnished with this and the good name of PC Kerr does not deserve to be tarnished like this.”

Constable Kerr’s funeral is due to take place on Wednesday and will be attended by NI First Minister Peter Robinson as well as Irish prime minister Enda Kenny

WITH MANY THANKS TO BBC NEWS

collusion was not an illusion !!The Rosemary Nelson inquiry has decided security services did not collude – but they did share her killers’ culture

 

Beatrix Campbell

Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

The Northern Irish lawyer Rosemary Nelson died in 1999, after a bomb exploded under her car. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

News Sport Comment Culture Business Money Life & style Travel Environment TV Blogs Data Mobile Offers Jobs Comment is free Rosemary Nelson – 10 years onThe Rosemary Nelson inquiry has decided security services did not collude – but they did share her killers’ culture Share7 Comments (54) Beatrix Campbell guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 25 May 2011 18.02 BST Article history The Northern Irish lawyer Rosemary Nelson died in 1999, after a bomb exploded under her car. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA It was 10 years ago this month that I revealed in the Guardian four suspects in the murder of Rosemary Nelson by car bomb in 1999, and how her death was foretold and profoundly desired by protestant paramilitaries who were intimate with police and security forces. The Northern Irish lawyer’s suspected killers include men who had been British agents and a serving soldier. The British government had been aware that she was in peril, but were irritated by the information rather than acting on it. The report published this week of the marathon £46m inquiry into allegations of collusion concluded that “the protective arm of the state was not put around” Nelson, that there was corporate failure and negligence by the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and that the Northern Ireland Office failed to get involved “proactively”. It also decided that there was no act of collusion implicating the police or security services. But there didn’t need to be a conspiracy. The light the report throws on the intelligence and police services reveals that they shared the culture of her killers. The inquiry heard the former’s catalogue of malicious slurs against Nelson that can only be described as institutionalised sexism and sectarianism. All this, according to the report, had the “effect of legitimising her as a target”. Loyalist paramilitary groups were heavily penetrated by the police, security service and military intelligence, who reported that the loyalists were planning a big hit in the weeks before the bomb was placed under her car. Intelligence staff reported that munitions were being moved from Belfast to the area where Nelson lived in Lurgan. One officer told the inquiry that he believed this related to a drugs deal not a murder plot. Did he really? Despite the intense activity nothing was done to thwart the attack on Rosemary Nelson. So what were they actually doing? The inquiry is emphatic: “… the state failed to take reasonable and proportionate steps to safeguard [her] life”. Was there a culture so sinister and symbiotic that threats were known and ignored? Were the security files scripted in such a way that no court in the land could convict anyone of anything? Was impunity guaranteed by a division of labour between paramilitaries, the military, the security services? It was not until this inquiry that the existence of secret files on Nelson was admitted. “Intelligence” was being gathered on her since 1994. But I suspect that these files were only given to the inquiry to skew its questioning: to demonise her and to discredit the investigation into her murder headed by an English officer drafted into Northern Ireland, Colin Port. No one has been convicted of the murder, but the Port inquiry identified suspects and is vindicated in this report as “exhaustive, energetic and enterprising”. Port had been denied access to any secret service files. Every inquiry into the murder until this one was led to believe, implausibly, that there were none. The RUC chief constable at the time, Ronnie Flanagan, denied at the inquiry the existence of a security file on Nelson, just as he denied ever impugning her, and denied knowledge of his own officers’ attempts to bug Nelson. Now, the poison masquerading as intelligence that was aired day in, day out at the inquiry attracts thousands of words in the report. But, ultimately, the attempt to ruin Nelson’s reputation galvanised a different conclusion in the report: that enmity towards this woman was endemic. It provided protection to those who could not tolerate a woman being a brave diligent lawyer in a jurisdiction where, as she put it, “it is life-threatening to be a lawyer”. That jurisdiction is called the United Kingdom.

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