Fitzpatrick condemns Coleraine pipe bomb attack

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COLERAINE Alliance councillor, Barney Fitzpatrick, has condemned the recent pipe bomb attack in the Newmills are of Coleraine calling them both “reckless and indiscriminate”.

The former police inspector (left) also pressed the local PSNI Commander to ensure that work previously undertaken by the Independent Monitoring Commission- which assessed both paramilitary and criminal activity by proscribed organisations - continues locally through his and any other available agencies.

Cllr Fitzpatrick went on to say: “I am extremely concerned about the recent pipe bomb in Coleraine. This was an indiscriminate attack causing significant disruption to local communities and putting peoples lives at risk in a most reckless and indiscriminate manner.

“People had hoped that such incidents were behind us and want this violence off our streets and I would call on those behind these attacks to stop immediately before lives are lost.

“Whilst to date none have been attributed to any paramilitary or criminal organisations, it is important that any possible links to proscribed organisations are closely monitored.

“Regardless of who planted the bombs, or their motivation, these are clearly acts of terror and our security services do maintain responsibility, at least in part, for the response to them.”