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PSNI recruitment event cancelled after bomb found at venue

David Young

Published 13/10/2015 | 13:12

PSNI (Stock photo)
PSNI (Stock photo)

A police recruitment event at a Londonderry hotel has been cancelled after a bomb was left at the property.

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The viable device was placed in the grounds of the Waterfoot Hotel in the Waterside area of Derry last week, with dissident republicans blamed.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) jobs event was due to be held on Saturday.

It had originally been scheduled for last Saturday but was postponed for a week amid fears a planned dissident protest would have disrupted a wedding also being hosted at the hotel on the day.

Now the owners of Waterfoot have decided not to go ahead with the event at all. The PSNI said it was looking for an alternative venue.

Security alerts were sparked at other venues due to host similar recruitment events in Belfast and Omagh last week, though nothing untoward was found.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said: "I am aware of the disruption that was caused by the security operation in Derry last week and would like to thank everyone who co-operated and worked with our officers. I would also like to thank the management and staff at the hotel for their support throughout.

"We are currently seeking an alternative venue for this event and remain committed to providing encouragement and information to those who wish to find out more about the opportunities that exist within the Police Service.

"Clearly there are people out there in today's society who are still intent on targeting our police service and causing harm to our communities. We know, however, that the actions of these few misguided individuals will not stop people pursuing a career in policing.

"In fact we've already had almost 2,700 applications in this current recruitment process and I would continue to strongly encourage those interested in joining the PSNI and who want to make a positive contribution to Northern Ireland to apply.

"We need individuals who understand the benefits of policing with the community and the positive impact it can have on people's lives.

"We are committed to ensuring that the Police Service is reflective of our society and welcome applications from across all sections of the community."

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