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PSNI jobs fair in Derry is to go ahead at new venue after bombers target hotel

By Deborah McAleese

Published 15/10/2015

The PSNI is to go ahead with a recruitment event in Londonderry at the weekend despite an attempt by dissident republicans to bomb the planned venue
The PSNI is to go ahead with a recruitment event in Londonderry at the weekend despite an attempt by dissident republicans to bomb the planned venue

The PSNI is to go ahead with a recruitment event in Londonderry at the weekend despite an attempt by dissident republicans to bomb the planned venue.

New premises have been found to host the jobs fair after the owner of the Waterfront Hotel cancelled the event following the discovery of a device in hotel grounds on Friday.

Two familiarisation sessions will now be held at St Columb's Park House in Derry at 3.30pm and 4.30pm, the PSNI said.

The latest round of recruitment, which opened last month, has seen almost 3,000 people apply so far.

Recruitment events in Belfast and Omagh went ahead at the weekend despite security alerts at the two venues where they were taking place. Nothing untoward was found.

However, Waterfront Hotel owner Garvan O'Doherty was forced to cancel the event for "health and safety reasons" following the discovery of a device in the grounds. Mr O'Doherty said he had to "take into consideration the safety and well-being of my staff and customers".

"The tactic adopted by dissidents is dangerous and deadly," he added.

The PSNI has insisted that dissident republicans will not win in their attempts to stop police recruiting in the city.

The Police Federation, the body that represents rank-and-file officers, also said that this type of activity, "which disrupts entire communities and is designed to deter people, will not succeed".

Recruitment to the PSNI was reopened last May after a three-year freeze. The first two phases of the drive saw thousands of people applying.

Almost 800 submitted an application form to join the police in the first 24 hours of this latest campaign.

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