Policing Board meeting despite security concerns

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A meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board continued at Magee College during a security alert at the complex today, the Journal has learned.

A comprehensive yet low key security operation took place at the University of Ulster site as the the NIPB launched its 7th Human Rights Annual Report.

It’s understood that a coded warning was received by a local media outet shortly after the beginning of the public meeting, which was attended by a few hundred people. However, the meeting was not disrupted as a result.

PSNI Superintendent Chris Yates said: “Considerable planning goes into these events and as such we anticipated the possibility of a security alert. Following significant planning, a comprehensive security operation is in place. As always our aim is to maintain public safety and prevent disruption to the event.”