Hasty retreat for PSNI 'checkpoint Charlies'
Published 01/04/2010 | 05:00
MAYBE their satnavs were on the blink or their geography was not too hot but PSNI officers accidentally crossed the border and set up a checkpoint in the Republic.
Completely oblivious to the fact they were in the wrong jurisdiction, they crossed the border at Belleek in Co Fermanagh and began patrolling and stopping cars in the village of Clyhore in Co Donegal in the Tanaiste's contituency.
The PSNI said the officers immediately withdrew from the area when they were made aware they had crossed the Border last week.
They said the officers involved were not familiar with the Fermanagh/Donegal border area.
A spokesman for the Department of Foreign Affairs said: "The PSNI issued a statement attributing this to human error and we are satisfied with that."