A PSNI camera in Dungiven has been cut down for a second time.
The automatic number plate recognition camera, positioned just outside the town on the Glenshane side of Dungiven, is understood to have been cut down sometime between late on Friday evening and the early hours of Saturday.
Remains of the camera and the pole it was attached to lay strewn on the grass on Saturday.
Local Sinn Fein Colr. Sean McGlinchey condemned those responsible.
“It’s beyond belief and logic as to why anyone would cut it down. It doesn’t take pictures of people. It’s there to protect the public, so I don’t understand why anyone would cut it down. It’s there to make the community a safer place. As far as I am concerned, no one should have anything to fear from the camera,” said Colr. McGlinchey, adding: “This is the second time the camera has been cut down and the second time I have condemned it. I don’t understand the mentality and logic behind it.”
SDLP Colr. Michael Coyle said: “This is a pointless exercise cutting down a camera that is there for road safety. This is the second time it’s been cut down. I don’t know what is to gained by cutting it down. There doesn’t seem to be any logic to it.”
In November 2014, when the PSNI camera was cut down the first time, Colr. McGlinchey said it was understood a dissident group called the ‘North Derry Republican Group’ had claimed responsibilty.
At that time, Limavady Area Commander Chief Inspector Alan Hutton told the ‘Journal’ police use a number of different technologies for a variety of policing purposes, primarily to help enforce the law, prevent crime and contribute to road safety.