Ford condemns attack on prison officer

Date published: 04 March 2016


Justice Minister, David Ford has strongly condemned those behind the attack on a prison officer in Belfast this morning.

David Ford said:  “Those behind this callous attack have once again shown an utter disregard for human life, not only for the life of someone who served the community but also his family and others living in the area. These devices do not discriminate when they cause injury or death.

“Those involved in carrying out this misguided attack and those who planned it should see the futility of their actions.  They go against the democratic principles that the vast majority of people in this society support. 

“My sympathy goes to this officer, his family and his colleagues.

“I know that the police will be looking for every scrap of evidence to seek to bring the perpetrators to justice and I would ask anyone with information to contact PSNI or CrimeStoppers.”

Prison Service Director General, Sue McAllister said: “My thoughts are with the officer and his family.   This was a despicable act and an attack on us all. 

This Officer serves the entire community and whoever was behind this has nothing to offer anyone in Northern Ireland. 

Today we stand side by side together, united as a Service.  We will continue to do our jobs, and to serve the whole of Northern Ireland.

Notes to editors: 

1.  All media enquiries should be directed to the Department of Justice Press Office 028 9052 6139. Out of office hours please contact the duty press officer via pager number 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.

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