Monday, 18 November 2013

Paramilitary Poster is a threat to the Rule of Law

I have publicly expressed my concerns as Mayor of North Down about a poster from paramilitary organisations stating they will severely deal with perpetrators of crimes. The poster (right), in names of the UDA, UVF and Red Hand Commandos does not encourage public to pass information to the Police but instead to unnamed "community representatives" following a series of burglaries and robberies in the Kilcooley area of Bangor.

Whilst all crimes, including burglaries and robberies against the elderly are reprehensible, there is no place in our society for vigilante activity from illegal paramilitary organisations seeking to intimidate and control local communities.

I condemn this attempt to undermine the rule of law without hesitation and hope all other all civic leaders with join me in stating that the only people who should be investigating criminal activity and seeking to apprehend alleged offenders are the Police Service of Northern Ireland. I urge the public to contact the Police or Crimestoppers with any information about any crime. 

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