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Defeating terror is a collective effort

Published 09/03/2016

Last week, in east Belfast, violent republicans attempted to murder a prison officer. Thankfully, they failed.

The vast majority of people have no time for murder, yet the terrorists seem to operate from some areas with at least tacit support.

The terrorists bomb-making capability has been demonstrated and, given the confirmed threat level, the emergency services need our prayerful and practical support.

Northern Ireland will continue to move forward. We won’t be dragged back and the benefits from full peace will transform Northern Ireland. However, full peace requires everyone to play their part in making our society safe.

Turning a blind eye and ignoring police calls for community support, allows terrorism to spread like wildfire, with the potential loss of innocent life.

ROBIN NEWTON (DUP)

MLA for East Belfast

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