Durkan describes policing threat as 'despicable'

SDLP leader, Mark Durkan has condemned those who sent bullets to the deputy chairman of the NI Policing Board and a member of the DPP in Londonderry, describing it as "despicable".

Denis Bradley, the deputy chairman of Northern Ireland's Policing Board, and Marian Quinn, an independent member of Derry District Policing Partnership, both received RIP messages in the post alongside live bullets at their homes in the city.

Mr Durkan hit out at the threats, he said: "Using their old ways of threat and violence, they are enemies of the new beginning in policing. They will not succeed in dragging us backwards. Those of us who are determined to haul this community forward in terms of politics, policing and other community services will prevail."

Chair of Derry District Policing Partnership, Cllr John Kerr also condemned the threat against Mrs Quinn, describing it as "a mindless act aimed at intimidating a member of the local community who has played an active role in the city".

"The members of the District Policing Partnership make a valuable contribution to bringing change to our society and I totally condemn this deplorable threat against Marian and her family," he said.

The threat against Mrs Quinn was the second against her family in recent times. Last month, a hoax device was placed under her daughter's car.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

12 April 2019
Other News In Brief
Translink Transport Plan For The 148th Open Translink has announced a special transport plan for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club from 14- 21 July. Visitors to The Open are encouraged to consider using public transport which is being significantly enhanced for the occasion.
16 April 2019
Fire Service Lowers 'People At Risk' Age To 50 And Older
The Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) has lowered the age group of those deemed most at risk from accidental house fires to people aged 50 and older. It follows the death of 19 people in the last three years, 17 of which were aged over 50. Nine of the victims were aged 50-59 and a further eight were 60 and above.
18 April 2019
Lurgan Security Alert Declared An 'Elaborate Hoax'
A security alert that caused families to be evacuated from their homes in Lurgan yesterday, 17 April, has been declared an elaborate hoax. A police operation took place on the Cornakinnegar Road after the discovery of a suspicious object. ATO examined the package and declared the incident an elaborate hoax.
18 April 2019
Other News In Brief
Widespread Moderate Air Pollution Forecast For Easter Weekend Moderate air pollution has been forecast for many areas of Northern Ireland this weekend, with a potential for high pollution in some parts.
06 August 2018
Recovered Criminal Assets To Benefit Voluntary And Community Projects
Some £700,000 is being made available to voluntary and community sector organisations from funds recovered in criminal assets seizures, the Department of Justice has announced. Inviting applications for funding, the Department said the the funding would help in crime prevention or help reduce the fear of crime in the community.