05 April 2019
DUP Mid Ulster MLA and Policing Board member Keith Buchanan has condemned republicans who have issued threats and tried to intimidate contractors used by the police for car recovery.
The DUP MLA urged the Sinn Fein leadership to issue a clear statement that there should be no “no-go” areas for the police or their contractors.
Mr Buchanan said,
“These contractors work hard to provide a service and jobs. The intimidation of honest, hard working men and women is completely wrong and must be condemned.
This is 2019 there should be no “no-go” areas in Northern Ireland. This terrorist activity should have left the stage long ago.
If these companies cannot carry out their work then the police and courts would not be able to uphold law and order as they retrieve serious crime evidence.
These republican terrorists want nothing more than to drag Northern Ireland back to the dark days. They will not succeed. They are faceless cowards who do nothing but bring chaos and destruction to communities.
It will take collective and strong leadership from all parties, not least Sinn Fein to stand together in condemnation of these latest actions.
Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill should give leadership and condemn those who are trying to create “no-go” areas for the police. The police should be free to go everywhere in Northern Ireland.”