West Tyrone Sinn Féin -- Building an Ireland of Equals

PSNI involvement in 'disturbing' incidents in Mid Tyrone

Published: 18 March, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillor Sean Clarke has hit out at the PSNI after a series of incidents in Mid Tyrone in the past number of weeks where families were wrongly visited by the PSNI in the early hours of the morning.

Explaining the latest incident in the Mid Tyrone area, Councillor Sean Clarke said,

"In the early hours of Friday morning two uniformed members of the PSNI visited a local family. As it was 1:10am, the family were in bed asleep. A car arrived on the street and was followed by heavy knocking on the door, awaking the entire household. The children of the house, not knowing what was happening were extremely frightened by the incident."

"When the door was eventually answered the PSNI stated they were there to check bail conditions for a named individual. The named individual has no connection whatsoever to the family and the family are at a loss as to why they were targeted. This caused great distress for the local family, at having been visited by the PSNI in such a manner, at such a late hour of the night."

"This isn't an isolated incident; people have logged similar cases with Sinn Féin in recent weeks including incidents in Carrickmore with near identical stories. The regularity of such incidents is disturbing and points to something more than incompetence on part of the PSNI.

"We intend raising this issue at the next DPP meeting, and have informed our representatives of the Policing Board on the issue, this is certainly something that we will be demanding is investigated. However, locally we have also requested an immediate meeting with the PSNI to demand answers."