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Crime trend must be nipped in the bud

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There has been a spate of violent crimes in Belfast in recent weeks. Credit: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

There has been a spate of violent crimes in Belfast in recent weeks. Credit: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

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There has been a spate of violent crimes in Belfast in recent weeks. Credit: Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Despite its history over the past 50-odd years, Belfast has rightly earned a reputation as a safe city. But the words of elderly shopkeeper Mary Ross ought to make city and government take notice of a recent upsurge in violent incidents and attacks that are becoming a more regular feature in Belfast city centre.

When asked how she reacts if she notices anything suspicious, the experienced worker replied: “I panic”.


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