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Police increase presence in wake of ongoing dissident threat

An increased security presence is planned across the Province in response to the ongoing threat from dissidents.

The PSNI tonight confirmed it is putting in place a high visibility operation over the coming days and ahead of Thursday’s General Election.

The PSNI says the aim is to counter the continuing dissident threat and keep communities safe across Northern Ireland.

The operation will include utilising vehicle check points and increased noticeable patrolling.

ACC Stephen Martin, who is in charge of District Policing, understands this may cause some inconvenience and is asking the public for their continued support as officers and staff seek to keep people safe.

“The dissident republican threat remains severe and, in light of the four attacks carried out in Belfast and Londonderry over the last two weeks, the PSNI will have an enhanced profile in local communities to provide safety and reassurance to everyone.

“I apologise in advance for any inconvenience this operation may cause, but seek the public’s support, patience and understanding in what we believe is a necessary step to attempt to prevent those with murderous intent going about their business.

“This is not a decision we take lightly and we will endeavour to ensure that the balance of how we police this threat is right, as well as trying to keep disruption to a minimum. However, please be assured we will always prioritise public safety.

“There is no perfect security solution to terrorism. Long term success against the small group of people intent on causing disruption and harm to the community needs a combination of policing, community and political efforts and it is vital we all play our part.

“I would ask people to continue to be vigilant at all times. If you see any suspicious activity or any suspect objects, please report it to police immediately.”

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