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‘Intimidating’ Larne graffiti condemned

A local councillor is urging the public to “let the PSNI police the community” after extensive grafitti appeared throughout Larne and Glenarm. UUP Councillor and Chair of Mid and East Antrim PCSP Andrew Wilson spoke out after the appearance of several signs bearing the words “House Breakers” alongside a symbol of a circle containing a cross. Graffiti on the former Poundstretchers building in Lower Cross Street. INLT-52-704-con Two such slogans were scrawled across Larne’s Laharna building at Riverdale, while another appeared on the boarded-up doors of the former Poundstretchers store in Lower Cross Street and a third was spotted on a wall in Fleet Street. There were also reports of a slogan in Boyne Square, Linn Road and Antiville. Meanwhile, two similar slogans were spotted in the neighbouring village of Glenarm. PSCP Chair Mr Wilson condemned the graffiti, which he said appeared to be “a form of vigilantism.” Graffiti at … Continue reading

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New paramilitarism awareness campaign ‘a bit tame’, says MLA

The new £530,000 advertising campaign was launched by Justice Minister Claire Sugden earlier this week An awareness campaign aimed at tackling paramilitarism in Northern Ireland is too tame and shies away from the violent crimes of the gunmen, an MLA has claimed. Roy Beggs raised concerns that the End the Harm ad drive would not have the desired impact. He was one of a number of Assembly members on the Justice Committee that questioned Department of Justice officials on the Executive’s efforts to stamp out paramilitaries and organised crime gangs. The new £530,000 advertising campaign was launched by Justice Minister Claire Sugden earlier this week. A TV and cinema advert highlights the dangers of buying counterfeit goods by showing how money spent on fake items lines the pockets of organised criminals. Ulster Unionist Mr Beggs said it did not address the violent acts committed by paramilitaries. He compared the ad … Continue reading

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RHI funding flaws uncovered in five minutes, says whistleblower

<!– –> JUST minutes were needed to realise there were serious flaws in the botched green energy scheme that has left Stormont facing an overspend of hundreds of millions of pounds, a whistleblower has said. Dubbed “the biggest scandal since devolution began”, the Renewable Heat Incentive was designed to wean businesses off fossil fuels, with uptake among the north’s poultry farmers especially strong. It encouraged the installation of costly eco-friendly heating systems by paying a tariff per kilowatt of heat burned over a 20-year period. But unlike in Britain, Northern Ireland placed no cap or payment tier system on the money that could be claimed in proportion to the size of boiler and the hours it was operated. That effectively enabled businesses to burn unnecessary heat 24/7 just to make money. Management of the scheme is being examined by Stormont’s public accounts committee. Thousands signed up to the RHI – … Continue reading

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Serious crime must ultimately be met with serious action

A campaign has been launched to discourage the public from buying fake products. Advertisements will raise awareness about counterfeit goods and how it benefits paramilitaries involved in other crimes such as drug dealing. The Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has expressed disappointment that the campaign is not more hard hitting. There is a role to be played in alerting those generally honest people who are tempted to buy fake goods that they are enriching and empowering some very bad people, and Mr Beggs is right to endorse the campaign. But he is also right to say that it needs to be accompanied by something much more hard hitting, a point made by people as diverse as Jim Allister of the TUV and Seamus Close, one-time of Alliance. The Justice Minister Claire Sugden has said that there is no quick fix to organised crime. This is particularly so in Northern Ireland, … Continue reading

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UK-style FBI called on to boost police fight against South East Antrim UDA

The UK’s answer to the FBI must be brought in to tackle a UDA gang accused of holding an entire community to ransom, it was claimed last night. The intelligence-led National Crime Agency (NCA) has been urged to back the PSNI to quell loyalist tensions in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim. The PSNI bill to police a bitter ongoing dispute between the South East Antrim UDA and a local family in the Castlemara estate has topped £1.6million. And Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs said the PSNI needed help from the NCA. He said: “As a result of the ongoing dispute in South East Antrim the PSNI have been forced to carry out numerous searches and maintain a police presence in the area. “There has been a sizeable police presence over the past few days during searches in Greenisland and Carrickfergus. “The Policing Board were recently informed of four additional arrests. Read More … Continue reading

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