Chief Constable Confirms Actions To Tackle East Belfast Robberies

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ROBIN Newton East Belfast DUP MLA, a member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, raised East Belfast’s ongoing problem of shop robberies with the Chief Constable at today’s meeting of the Policing Board.

Robin Newton said,

“This growing problem of armed robberies is of concern to individual shopkeepers and the representative trader groups.

If the thieves continue to carry their weapons and carry on with their threats of violence it is increasingly likely that a very serious incident will occur.

I know the local traders will get some little comfort from the Chief Constable’s recognition of the problem and confirmation he has put extra police resources into the area. That one officer has been appointed to lead the investigations should help with coordination of the police activities. While visible police activity can help deter the thugs I was pleased when the Chief Constable confirmed plain clothes officers are also involved.

If this campaign against the thieves is to be successful the trader groups and representative bodies need to play positive roles. They need to step up to the mark and share information and best practice techniques to keep the shop staff safer and deter the thugs from entering the premises.”