Baggot backs Crime Agency here

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The political impasse over introducing a new crime taskforce in Northern Ireland must be resolved so the region is not left outside the tent when it comes to tackling international criminals, the chief constable has urged.

Nationalist parties are blocking moves to extend the remit of the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) to Northern Ireland, claiming that it would not be subject to the same accountability mechanisms that were central to peace process policing reforms.

But political rivals in the Assembly have insisted the fears over accountability are misplaced and a failure to let the NCA work in the region would allow organised crime gangs to prosper.


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