VIDEO: Police warn of upsurge of attacks ‘to commemorate 1916’

Following the bomb attack against a prison officer in Belfast, the PSNI has warned that the centenary of the 1916 rising is likely to herald renewed efforts to murder people.

A video appeal read by Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin (carried here in full) called for anyone with information about the Friday morning attack to come forward.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin

He then turned to the issue of the Easter Rising (at about 1 minute, 30 seconds in the video).

“Easter is a very significant time in the calendar,” he said.

“This year is the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. We are working hard with the people who are organising many, many events right across Northern Ireland to commemorate the Easter Rising.

“We’re working hard as an organisation to be culturally aware, and culturally sensitive in how we approach those events.

“And we expect them to pass off peacefully and with respect and with dignity...

“However, there are those within the dissident republican community who want to mark the centenary in an entirely more sinister way.

“By killing police officers, by killing soldiers, or by killing prison officers.”