Enquiries continuing after Garda car reportedly crosses border

Wednesday 27 July 2022 13:00

POLICE say enquiries are continuing after a Garda car was reportedly spotted near Castlederg town.

According to DUP councillor, Alderman Maurice Devenney, the vehicle - which was clearly marked as Garda - was observed travelling on the Lurganboy Road on the northern side of the border in the last few days and was "almost into Castlederg".

He said photographs showed the car travelling towards the town and then back towards the border.

According to locals, he said, the vehicle was "two miles or more" across the border.

"I have spoken to PSNI regarding it and they have informed me that if a car does cross into a different jurisdiction, there is a reporting mechanism if a mistake has been made.

"I can understand 100 yards or so when you realise you're not in your own territory but to be almost near Castlederg town, that's a long way from the border.

"I'm just raising concerns as to how this happened and what was the need for the Garda car to be in that area."

Alderman Devenney said it's important that it's clarified if a report was made of the "incursion" to police by Gardaí.

West Tyrone DUP MLA., Tom Buchanan, has also written to Garda Commissioner, Drew Harris, on the matter.

"This incident needs to be fully investigated, as it was well within the border," he said.

"I have written to the Garda Commissioner requesting a full investigation.

"These things must be fully investigated, and my colleagues on the Policing Board will be questioning the Chief Constable on this particular issue as well."

Speaking of the incident, PSNI Inspector Robb said: "We are aware and we are making enquiries."

Gardaí were approached for comment but at the time of going to press yesterday afternoon (Tuesday), there had been no response.

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