Police warn of firebomb campaign
The police in Derry have warned business owners to check their premises regularly for incendiary devices amid fears of a renewed bombing campaign by dissident republicans.
The warning was issued by the city's leading police officer, Chief Inspector Chris Yates, who called on business owners to carry out searches on a daily basis.
Chief Inspector Yates said dissident republicans posed a real threat in the Derry area and pointed to a number of recent incidents in the city, including the shooting of an off-duty police officer in Bishop Street in November.
The PSNI warned that intelligence suggested dissidents were planning a firebomb campaign targeting retail premises in the coming months.
"Police are urging business owners, including retail parks, across Northern Ireland to regularly check their premises on a daily basis for incendiary devices.
"An incendiary device has the potential to destroy property, and take human life. Devices can be left in garments, soft furnishings, and upholstery, anywhere that can catch fire easily.
"Business owners and staff must be observant and look out for anything suspicious. If something looks out of place, or even just raises concern, contact the local police," a PSNI spokesperson said.
The police also said they would be offering advice to local business owners on how they can protect their premises. "Members of staff should not touch or move any suspicious looking objects but rather contact police immediately.
Police would also advise business owners and managers to review security measures and check premises thoroughly both during and after trading. An extra few minutes could make a difference. Vigilance is the key. Look out for anything suspicious. Crime Prevention Officers are available to give individual advise to any business throughout Northern Ireland," the spokesperson said.
Anyone who notices any suspicious objects is asked to contact the police on 0845 600 8000 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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