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New PSNI drive against punishment attacks

By Lesley-Anne McKeown

The PSNI is to launch a major new initiative to tackle punishment attacks, the Chief Constable has revealed.

Matt Baggott said a dedicated new telephone hotline would be set up and old cases reviewed in a bid to encourage people to come forward with information.

Mr Baggott branded the new scheme a “major community push” and said he believed that an increase in community confidence and trust meant the time was right for the drive.

“There is going to be a major initiative against the paramilitaries who still use this obscenity as a way of imposing their own power or will on their communities,” he told the Nolan Show.

“This is something that goes back a long time, as people that live here know. It is limited to a number of areas but it is unacceptable and it is an obscenity. It is a gross abuse of human rights.”

Last month a Co Londonderry father spoke about how he had to watch as his 20-year-old son was shot in the legs by dissident republicans.

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