Belfast Telegraph

Estate fears are raised by PSNI officer in court case

By George Jackson

A PSNI officer has told a court of the dangers facing police as they respond to calls from members of the public who live in a Strabane estate.

He said because of the presence of what he described as "criminal degenerates" in the Ballycolman estate, the PSNI had a special protocol for officers responding to emergency calls there.

"These criminal degenerates would like nothing better than to see police officers being killed," he told District Judge Barney McElholm at Londonderry Magistrates Court yesterday.

The officer was giving evidence in the case of a 37-year-old woman from Ballycolman who pleaded guilty to making a series of nuisance phone calls to police between September 1 last year and late on Tuesday night when she was arrested at her home after making another one.

The officer said the calls from Donna McCauley included her reporting the presence of masked men outside her home, telling the police that the street lights outside her house were out, and that the lights inside her home were also out.

The district judge released McCauley on her own bail of £500 and ordered her not to contact the police unless it was a genuine emergency. The case was adjourned for sentencing on February 16 and Judge McElholm added the estate was "not a place the police can easily go into".

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