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PSNI and Garda step up security for Prince Charles' visit to Ireland

By Greg Harkin

PSNI and gardai have stepped up their security plans ahead of a visit by Prince Charles in two weeks' time.

Gardai detectives have already increased patrols in Sligo, where Charles and Camilla are due to visit the scene of the 1979 murder of Charles' godfather Lord Mountbatten in Mullaghmore.

Armed Garda regional response units have been deployed in the border area between Fermanagh and Donegal.

Cross-border meetings involving PSNI and gardai have also taken place, with both forces deploying some of the security measures used during the G8 summit in 2013.

Charles and Camilla will be visiting Northern Ireland and the Republic between May 19 and 22.

They are expected to visit Sligo on May 20 and 21. Prince Charles is reported to want to visit Mullaghmore where his favourite uncle was killed in an IRA bomb in 1979.

One of the earl's twin grandsons, Nicholas (14), and Paul Maxwell (15), a local employed as a boat boy, also died in the explosion. The Dowager Lady Brabourne, his elder daughter's 83-year-old mother-in-law, was seriously injured in the explosion and died from her injuries the following day.

The couple may also visit parts of Donegal.

Yesterday the PSNI revealed it was increasing security during the period of the general election.

Polling stations in schools and public buildings as well as count centres will also be given extra security.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said extra patrols will continue for a number of days.

"This is not a decision we take lightly and we will endeavour to ensure that the balance of how we police this threat is right, as well as trying to keep disruption to a minimum." Dissidents have mounted several bomb attacks on police in recent weeks.

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