Police warning on vigilantes

Ballymena PSNI Commander, Chief Inspector Catherine Magee has spoken about the dangers of vigilante activity and has cautioned against any individual or group against taking the law into their own hands.

Chief Inspector Magee said: “The PSNI is responsible for law enforcement in Northern Ireland - we are here to protect local people and we are proud to serve them.

“We are making real progress in detecting and preventing crime and anti-social behaviour. Indeed last year across the policing district, crime was at it’s lowest level for fifteen years.

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“Those who engage in vigilante behaviour, whether claiming to represent an illegal paramilitary organisation or not, are usually only interested in asserting their own control and influence over local communities, pushing selfish and often criminal interests with no regard for wider community concerns.

Chief Inspector Magee said: “Vigilantism only continues the cycle of violence and crime and these actions must be condemned by all right thinking people.

“I understand the impact of crime on communities and I ask people to continue to support police in our efforts to keep Ballymena safe for everyone.

“Anyone with information or concerns should contact police on 0845 600 8000”.