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PSNI describe Lifford turn as ‘an error’

A PSNI vehicle heads toward the Lifford Bridge yesterday after what the PSNI called

A PSNI vehicle heads toward the Lifford Bridge yesterday after what the PSNI called "an error".

Independent Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jr. has called for an investigation into why a Police Service of Northern Ireland vehicle entered Lifford yesterday.

Cllr. McBrearty called for the matter to be investigated in emails to Donegal Chief Garda Superintendent Terry McGinn and Justice Minister Alan Shatter. Cllr. McBrearty attached a photograph of the PSNI vehicle approaching the bridge, heading toward Strabane.

In a statement yesterday, the PSNI said, “A police patrol inadvertently crossed the border into Lifford today for a short time. On realising his error the driver turned at the next available roundabout.”

The PSNI spokesperson said police have made An Garda Siochána aware of the incident.

Cllr. McBrearty said he was not satisfied with the response.

“You’re telling me they couldn’t stop the vehicle before they crossed Lifford bridge? I can’t accept that,” Cllr. McBrearty said. In his emails to the officials, Cllr. McBrearty said the vehicle could have become a target for dissidents, putting people’s lives in danger in Lifford.

“This unprofessional behaviour cannot be tolerated by our state,” he said.

 
 
 

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