Never Mind A Hard Border, This PSNI Idiot Will Restart Troubles All By Himself

You really couldn’t make up this front page story in today’s News Letter. Who gave this berk the top job in the PSNI?

His name, apparently, is Simon Byrne. Shouldn’t it be Simon Trump?

Here is the equally mind-blowing text that followed:

Violent paramilitaries face losing their children to state care, Northern Ireland’s new chief constable has warned.

Simon Byrne said people engaged in shootings are unfit to have custody of a youngster, and pledged to target them.

“My message to them is ‘you carry on doing this, we will have your house, if you keep going we will have your car, we will have your kids, we will have your benefits and we will put you in jail’.”

He added: “Why would I think you are safe in the presence of young children? So what safeguarding powers have we got to take your kids into care if that is a deterrent?

“I think we need to be more assertive, work with other agencies within the law to make people think twice before stepping into this space.”

Mr Byrne said it is time for communities to tell dissidents enough is enough.

“The use of paramilitary attacks, beatings, breaking people’s legs, other limbs, in the name of the rule of law is just odious.

“How anyone could think that is justified in a civil society is beyond me.

He criticised parents of children involved in disorder.

“The children I watched, I am guessing were early teenagers.

“I just found it strange that an adult would sit and watch as if it was evening entertainment, rather than actually intervene to stop anything.

“It relied on my officers driving past in the Land Rover that clearly became the target for the petrol bomb, and that seemed to be part of the sport, which I think was entirely unacceptable.”

Police have exercised stop-and-search powers around 35,000 times between 2010 and last year. In most circumstances an officer will need grounds to conduct a search.

The Justice and Security NI Act 2007 provides for searches without grounds to counter terrorism or if there is a risk of serious violence or disorder.

Mr Byrne said it is impossible to compare NI’s statistics to England, where use of the power has decreased, because its figures are so strongly influenced by London.

He said there is no like-for-like comparison between the powers used in NI in many cases and in Great Britain.

“We use the power to deter criminality and we put other agencies and partners into that space to calm things down and to build relationships and opportunities in those communities, so I am not calling for stop and search to stop.

“I think it needs to be used carefully, we need to ensure we are fair, we are proportionate and work within the law, but actually, at the same time as people have concerns, other communities want to see more of it.”

 

 

5 responses to “Never Mind A Hard Border, This PSNI Idiot Will Restart Troubles All By Himself

  1. there’s no appetite for a resumption of the Troubles, go down the Falls, they’re the 1st in the firing line, they value peace above everything else

    • I suspect if Simon Trump gets his way, you’d see that change…..

    • Forget the fact that Normalisation is not ever going to lead to a United Ireland or what this idiot proposes is not further human rights abuse of an already repressive regime if you don’t agree with the status quo but do NOT agree with a return to armed struggle.

      So you reckon those powers WON’T be used against those who advocate a united Ireland, while a lot of those people, particularly independent Republicans do not want or agree with an armed campaign at this point in time??

  2. Clearly PSNI boss ‘Simple Simon’ Byrne is not familiar with the ineptitude of the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Koulla Yiasouma.

  3. “Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt.”

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