Police ‘getting support’ from Derry public

Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye.  Media facility at PSNI headquarters in east Belfast with Chief Constable Matt Baggott and G District Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin concerning the death of Constable Philippa Reynolds.  The officer died last weekend while working in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car.  Chief Constable Matt Baggott pictured at the facility.
Northern Ireland- 13th February 2013 Mandatory Credit - Photo-Jonathan Porter/Presseye. Media facility at PSNI headquarters in east Belfast with Chief Constable Matt Baggott and G District Commander, Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin concerning the death of Constable Philippa Reynolds. The officer died last weekend while working in Derry when a stolen car struck her patrol car. Chief Constable Matt Baggott pictured at the facility.

Police in Derry are getting a lot of support from the public, PSNI chief constable Matt Baggott has revealed.

Mr. Baggott also insists that people in Derry “appreciate” the role police play in trying to make Derry a better place to live.

Speaking on radio, the police chief also took the opportunity to accuse dissident republican groups of trying to outdo each other.

He said the groups were in competition when it came to the number of attacks they carried out.

He said that the “recklessness of their attacks is beyond measure”.

Mr Baggott made the comments following an explosion in Lurgan, County Armagh, on Saturday.

It is believed that the explosion was an attempt to kill police officers.

Mr Baggott said: “All of these five attacks in the last month could have killed innocent members of the public.

“There is a competitiveness between these groups at the moment which is completely irrational but could end up in a very real tragedy indeed.”

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness also hit out at the people behind the explosion in Lurgan.

He described the attack as “futile”, adding that it was carried out by “anti peace extremists living in a fantasy world”.