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Castlewellan Arrests
Green Party (News Release) • 15.11.03

Councillor Raymond Blaney questions the PSNI arrest and detention of eight innocent people from the Castlewellan area.

The Green Party assembly candidate in South Down said: “Within days of the murder of a frail and elderly County Down farmer in his own home by violent criminals near Banbridge, a huge security operation was mounted on Tuesday morning to arrest and detain eight innocent people from the Castlewellan area, ages ranging from their twenties to late sixties. A huge pre-dawn operation involving hundreds of police and army saw local homes raided and mothers and fathers removed from their families who were left in a distressed state for the following 36 hours. The eight people were repeatedly questioned by teams of detectives in Antrim about political matters they knew absolutely nothing about. In the end, their releases came as suddenly as the dawn raids but only after the security operation received maximum publicity”.

Councillor Raymond Blaney continued: “It must be emphasised at the outset that none of these people had ever been in any sort of trouble before and represented the most unlikely of suspects”.

The Green Party assembly candidate concluded: “The obvious questions for the PSNI to answer is why was this massive security operation mounted in the first place? And what message does this give to the elderly who are being attacked and robbed, and tragically in the case of Ted O’Hare, murdered in their own homes?”





























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