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Hugh Orde makes daring arrest

By Jonathan McCambridge

CHIEF Constable Hugh Orde showed his own commitment to policing in the community when he personally arrested a man suspected of being involved in a car crime, it emerged today.

CHIEF Constable Hugh Orde showed his own commitment to policing in the community when he personally arrested a man suspected of being involved in a car crime, it emerged today.

Police have confirmed that Mr Orde and one of his most senior deputies, Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland, carried out the arrest last weekend while inspecting officers on duty during Operation Viper, a major crackdown on motor crime.

According to a report in a Sunday newspaper, Mr Orde approached the car in Belfast last Sunday at 2am. The motorist attempted to get away but Mr Orde reached into the car and grabbed the hand-brake and seat-belt.

At this point Mr McCausland entered the car through the passenger door, according to the report.

A police spokesman today said: "We can confirm that the Chief Constable and Assistant Chief Constable Duncan McCausland made an arrest during Operation Viper last weekend."

Operation Viper was set up to try and reduce deaths on the road.

During the operation more than 70 people were arrested for alleged drink-driving offences.

The operation is aimed at reducing speeding offences, drinking and driving, reckless driving and motorists not wearing seatbelts.

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