PSNI officer flees home after death threats

Tuesday 10 February 2009 12.03
PSNI - Officer forced to flee following death threats
PSNI - Officer forced to flee following death threats

A PSNI officer, who lives with his family in the Republic, has been forced to move to Northern Ireland, after the authorities told him that dissident republicans planned to kill him.

The officer’s father told RTÉ News how his son is now living with his wife and children in a safe house in Northern Ireland.

The policeman was living in a border area when he was advised by gardaí and the PSNI that dissident republicans were planning to shoot him on his way to work.

He had to take his children out of a local school and immediately move to a secret location. His employers gave the option of resettling in an area of Northern Ireland or moving abroad.

The man's father said he is disgusted that such behaviour is taking place. He said he has to make sure he is not being followed when he visits his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

The PSNI has confirmed that it is now relocating one officer per month as a result of threats from paramilitary organisations.

In 2007, dissident republicans tried to shoot two PSNI officers, both Catholics, one in Derry city and the other outside Dungannon, Co Tyrone.