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19/09/2021

UPDATE: Concerns around 'over the top policing' during planned Great James' Street 'eviction' that caused significant traffic disruption

Gt James St
Concerns were voiced about 'over the top policing' when a road near the city centre in Derry was blocked off due to the 'eviction' of a family. Police attended the scene in Great James Street earlier this afternoon and motorists were urged to take an alternative route. Commenting on the 'planned eviction' of a family from a house on Great James Street in Derry City centre today Sinn Féin Councillor Mickey Cooper, who was at the scene, said: “We have serious concerns about the way this planned eviction was handled. "It was a very stressful situation for the family involved. "The whole policing operation was over the top. The street, which is a main arterial route into the city centre, was blocked for several hours with police vehicles. "It is very clear there are far better ways to resolve issues around housing before it gets to these extremes and that is what we will be pursuing with the resident, landlord and appropriate authorities."

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