BBC News - Officers disciplined over Stoneyford response
Following an invetigation by the Polce Ombudsman four PSNI officers have been disciplined for failing to properly investigate instances of sectarian intimidation in Stoneyford, a small settlement in the hills above Belfast. For years a vicious campaign of harrassment has been mounted against Catholic residents, a number of whom have been forced to leave their homes in the village. Prior to the intervention of the Police Ombudmans's office no-one had ever been convicted in relation to any of the attacks. The man believed primarily responsible for the loyalist campaign is currently in prison on other serious charges.
The intimidation in Stoneyford has been serious and sustained. The police failure to act agasint those reponsible, even when presented with compelling evidence by a BBC film crew, was utterly shameful. It is right that these officers should be disciplined, though perhaps more appropriate that they be dismissed.