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Derry hotel cancels PSNI recruitment event over health and safety after bomb discovery

Published 13/10/2015

Officers at the Waterfoot Hotel in Derry after the security alert
Officers at the Waterfoot Hotel in Derry after the security alert

A Londonderry hotel has cancelled a delayed police recruitment event over health and safety concerns after a bomb was left in its grounds last week.

The Waterfoot Hotel was set to stage a "familiarisation" recruitment event at the hotel on Saturday.

It had been cancelled last week after a bomb was discovered at the hotel.

The owner of the Waterfoot Hotel, Garvan O'Doherty, told the BBC he cancelled the event for "health and safety reasons".

The police are looking at an alternative venue for the recruitment session.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: “I am aware of the disruption that was caused by the security operation in Derry last week and would like to thank everyone who co-operated and worked with our officers.

"I would also like to thank the management and staff at the hotel for their support throughout."

He continued: "We are currently seeking an alternative venue for this event and remain committed to providing encouragement and information to those who wish to find out more about the opportunities that exist within the police service.

"Clearly there are people out there in today’s society who are still intent on targeting our police service and causing harm to our communities. We know, however, that the actions of these few misguided individuals will not stop people pursuing a career in policing.

“In fact we’ve already had almost 2,700 applications in this current recruitment process and I would continue to strongly encourage those interested in joining the PSNI and who want to make a positive contribution to Northern Ireland to apply.

“We need individuals who understand the benefits of policing with the community and the positive impact it can have on people’s lives.

“We are committed to ensuring that the Police Service is reflective of our society and welcome applications from across all sections of the community.”

Closing date for applications to join the police is on Friday, October 23 at noon.

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