The destruction of a PSNI camera on the outskirts of Dungiven has been described by East Derry SDLP Assembly Member John Dallat as “disgraceful and the very opposite of civil liberties”.
The camera was cut down sometime between late on Friday and the early hours of Saturday. It is the second time the PSNI camera has been cut down.
“Those involved in the destruction of the ANPR (Automatic Number Plate Recognition) cameras are doing nothing to protect the community but are aiding and abetting criminal elements who have been involved in serious crime particularly in the rural communities where rural police patrols have been reduced.
“I am aware that these cameras in another area helped detain a person involved in murder within hours while on another occasion a lorry load of stolen sheep were recovered after cameras picked up the criminals before they managed to get the ear tags removed and the animals slaughtered.
“Cameras, whether in town centres or on approach roads to towns and villages, pose no threat to anyone living within the law but their removal will be seen as good news for those who prey on the vulnerable, rob them of their property or indeed are involved in threat to life and limb.‘Anyone with any information which leads to the arrest of those involved should contact the police directly or through Crimestoppers.”
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