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‘Republican fanatics’ to blame for city centre checkpoints

Police are manning vehicle checkpoints across parts of Belfast amid heightened security.

Police are manning vehicle checkpoints across parts of Belfast amid heightened security.

The public have been urged to support the police as they attempt to thwart the ongoing dissident republican threat.

Policing Board member Ross Hussey made the call as the PSNI established checkpoints in the greater Belfast area.

“This may cause a degree of inconvenience to the public, but we must all remember the reason why this action has been deemed necessary,” the UUP MLA said.

“The police are merely reacting to the activities of the terrorists in both Belfast and Londonderry in recent days and weeks. There are clearly some republican fanatics who are hell-bent on returning this community to the bad old days of the 1970s, 80s and early 90s when car bombs and van bombs in our city and town centres were a regular IRA tactic, as they sought to sabotage the economy and bring Northern Ireland to its knees.”

CastleCourt security staff yesterday checked car boots for a second day at the entrance to the multi-storey car park in a bid to stymie suspicious activity.

But Glyn Roberts of the Northern Ireland Independent Retail Trade Association said traders had been “assured that the policing operation will be sensitive”.

l A car and a suspected firearm have been taken away for examination following a security operation in the Kingsway area of Dunmurry yesterday. Traffic diversions were in place for around two hours before the road reopened at 3pm.

 

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