New PSNI drive against punishment attacks
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.