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  1. Bombs thrown by pre-teenage children at officers in sixth night of Londonderry violence. PFNI chairman Mark Lindsay: Young, vulnerable kids are encouraged to riot and cause mayhem Dissident republican terrorists are getting vulnerable children to do their dirty work trying to kill Police Service of Northern Ireland officers in what is tantamount to “child abuse”, it has been claimed. Three separate attempts have been mounted to murder PSNI men and women orchestrated by a “pitiless, heartless bunch of cowards”, say rank-and-file officers. Policing across the province has called for an all-out community offensive to take back the streets from the gangsters and publicly voice support for the force – as rioting has flared in Londonderry for a sixth night running. Pre-teenage children are being used as the missile carriers for a barrage of petrol bombs, bricks and bottles launched at the under-siege blue line. A crowd of among 200 youths gathered as violence broke out at around 9pm – the disruption following the first Twelfth of July parade held in the city in five years. The officers came under a "prolonged and sustained attack" from a total of 76 explosive devices on Thursday night. A fire was also lit on a main flyover. During the disorder, officers replied by firing four plastic bullets. Some of the petrol bombs were thrown at passing vehicles but the majority were aimed at police stationed on the city walls overlooking the Bogside and on the Fahan Street interface. Police said three men aged 18, 22 and 50 were arrested. The 22-year-old was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. PSNI Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said it was a "miracle" that no officers were killed or injured with the attacks being driven by older dissident republicans. And Police Federation for Northern Ireland chairman Mark Lindsay pulled no punches when he told Police Oracle: “The terrorists who skulk in the shadows get children – some no older than 12 – to do their dirty work by firing petrol bombs, bricks and bottles at police lines. “Once the police engage, the bomber and gunman take control and they really don’t care who gets in the way or who is hurt in their indiscriminate attacks. “This is child abuse. Young, vulnerable kids are encouraged to riot and cause mayhem so that the bomber and gunman can gain a better vantage position. It is sickening what they are doing.” Only with “professionalism and courage” of officers averting a tragedy, Mr Lindsay added: “There must be an all-out community offensive to rid this particular community, and others, of the scourge of paramilitarism. “The same message holds true for areas blighted by so-called loyalist paramilitaries. “I know the PSNI will do all it can to assist communities. People deserve a better future than the one terrorists offer. The time to make a stand is now, for the sake of all our futures.” Supt McCalmont said: “I am saddened, disheartened and frustrated that yet again police officers committed to keeping this local community safe have been attacked by a small number of people within it. He added: “I am asking every community leader and every single person with influence in Londonderry to help us stop these attacks on police and the wider community of the city.” PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton, who earlier in the week rejected what he called the "social media myths" surrounding policing operations in Londonderry in recent days, praised his officers and said the attacks must stop. He said 405 officers deployed could not be a case of “imbalanced policing”, adding: "I’m calling on political and civic leadership to publicly voice support for the police and condemn this violence before someone is killed or seriously injured.” DUP leader Arlene Foster added: “The police are risking life and limb trying to tackle this. All violence must be condemned." View On Police Oracle
  2. Bobbies on the beat accounted for one in seven axed police posts over the past five years, analysis suggests. At the same time, one in three police community support officer (PCSO) posts - originally intended to be the "eyes and ears" of the community - have gone. Critics say a visible police presence in communities deters criminals and helps gather intelligence. The Home Office said "overall traditional crime" had fallen by almost 40% since 2010. The BBC's Shared Data Unit compared workforce figures for 43 police forces in England and Wales, Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) and Police Scotland over a five-year period from 2012 to 2017. Click here for full story - BBC
  3. The Police Service of Northern Ireland reportedly hired a private cybersecurity firm to unmask anonymous Twitter accounts of officers and staff allegedly involved in online racist abuse. Full Story - The Register Unless Twitter are providing the cybersecurity firm with IP addresses, email addresses and other data associated with suspect accounts, how else is this cyber security firm going to unmask these Twitter users? Another option is to go through thousands of tweets looking for clues, but is that really proportionate? Should Police Officers not be allowed to let off steam on Twitter? I can see the justification to identify racist officers but where would you draw the line?
  4. The PSNI has received more than 120 complaints from officers about its ongoing promotions procedure. Full Story - Belfast Telegraph
  5. A device which exploded in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland has been described as an attempt to kill police. A device exploded Tuesday at around 2030hrs in close proximity to officers on patrol. "They" have not gone away unfortunately. BBC News NI: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-39350435
  6. Aware there is already another topic on here in relation to Martin Finney of the NCA being awarded the George Medal but two other officers are also to receive the Queen's Gallantry Medal. Well done to all involved!
  7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-38712776
  8. Something I'm sure UK Cop Humour will pick up on in the coming days. Belfast Telegraph headline: Caught short on camera? Northern Ireland police officer filmed appearing to relieve himself in the bushes Full link containing footage: http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/caught-short-on-camera-northern-ireland-police-officer-filmed-appearing-to-relieve-himself-in-the-bushes-34845975.html Basically, a cop on a point for some pointless band parade needed a wee. No doubt supervision had not detailed any comfort breaks, bit of a non event. Disappointing comments from senior PSNI officers, but we can expect nothing less from them in their ivory towers. What do you lot make of it? I imagine most gents, and maybe some of the ladies have done something similar......I know I have!
  9. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/psni-justified-in-using-tasers-and-baton-rounds-against-man-armed-with-machete-swords-in-antrim-34562852.html
  10. Over the past few days there have been a number of security alerts and finds. DR activity is expected to continue with the 100yr anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising. See links regarding incidents: http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/Teen-arrested-over-bomb-alert-at-PSNI-station-55396 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-35769229 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-35742838 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/PSNI-relentless-in-pursuit-of-dissident-attackers-55377 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/08/Vigilance-warning-after-Lurgan-device-reports-55406 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/07/Discovery-of-terrorist-hide-may-have-saved-lives-55333 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/05/Explosive-devices-found-in-separate-alerts-55190 http://www.u.tv/News/2016/03/04/Dissident-threat-severe-after-booby-trap-bomb-55135 There are many more, these are just a few of the incidents.
  11. Last night (24/1/16) following a security alert in Lurgan, Co. Armagh, police came under attack with over 100 petrol bombs and were fired upon by a masked gunman. I don't imagine this made the news across the way. http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/dissident-republicans-blamed-for-lurgan-disorder-where-police-came-under-fire-34393613.html
  12. Belfast Telegraph reporting that one 16th (413) of PSNI officers were sick due to mental health issues in a 12 month period. http://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/mental-health-issues-sideline-413-psni-officers-sixteenth-of-total-force-took-time-off-because-of-stress-34329674.html From my experience, it's easy to get swamped in the PSNI. There aren't enough civvi staff to perform essential roles, investigations all fall to attending officers with a real reluctance for other departments to get involved (far worse than just the CID "not in my remit mate") and appauling senior officers who have very little interest in officer welfare or making the job any easier.
  13. A woman police officer has been reprimanded for using a swear word during her tea break. Full story: Belfast Telegraph
  14. There are some rumours going round in relation to the car incident, namely that the driver was from one side of the road and deliberately drove into a crowd of people from the other...
  15. I'm still here

    Loyalists target Police

    http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2015/jul/14/new-loyalist-terror-group-threatens-police-and-parades-commission Madness!! as if the dissident republicans aren't bad enough we now have the loyalist version!
  16. Belfast police to install armed checkpoints to stop Christmas attacks   Police presence in Belfast will be increased as they launch their Christmas policing p[an amid concerns dissident republicans may again target the area. Photograph: PA Armed police checkpoints are to be deployed around Belfast to prevent a Christmas bombing campaign by republican dissident terror groups, it has been announced.   The police service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed vehicle checkpoints will be mounted and plain clothes officers will be on the streets to thwart attacks on the city during the festive period.   PSNI Ch Supt Nigel Grimshaw, the district commander of Belfast city policing district, said stopping high profile bomb attacks is one of the police’s priorities in the run up to Christmas.   He said: “As of this moment we’ve stopped something in the order of 1,000 vehicles coming in and out of the city centre. We want to do this in a balanced way so people feel safe but as well as that we want to ensure that people with a more sinister intent don’t get to bring something into the city centre.”   Referring to several dissident republican bomb attacks last December, Grimshaw added: “I think Christmas is a very busy period and clearly the instances that happened last year around Christmas were significant and certainly grabbed the attention of the public. We take that on board, we have also seen the attacks that have happened just outside the city centre but in Belfast city over the last few weeks, so we constantly review our security profile.”   He added that as well as being used to watch out for car bombs and arsonists linked to hardline anti-ceasefire republican groups, the presence of plain clothes officers would also deter normal street crime in the city centre. The PSNI has been active over the last few weeks in deterring dissident republicans from staging bombings and shootings in Greater Belfast.   A 29 year old man appeared in court in Belfast earlier on Monday charged with possessing a rifle in the city last week. There were cheers in court in support of west Belfast man Vincent Kelly, who also faced charges of possessing 50 rounds of ammunition.   Kelly was among four people arrested in a police operation in Belfast last Thursday night. They recovered what was believed to have been an AK47 and ammunition in a holdall bag inside a white taxi close to Grosvenor Road police station in the west of the city. Three others all aged in their late 20s were arrested as part of a follow-up operation but have since been released without charge.   The case is expected to be heard again on 22 December. View the full article

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