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Sinn Fein to 'monitor and review' relationship with PSNI

Sinn Fein assembly member Alex Maskey seen with Gerry Adams in 2010. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Archive

Sinn Fein assembly member Alex Maskey has said his party will not withdraw support for policing after Gerry Adam's arrest and detention but will continue to "monitor and review" its relationship with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).

Mr Maskey said the people he represents are "scathing in their anger" at the PSNI, who he accused of losing the respect of the local community by holding Mr Adams in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "We have a small element of people involved in policing who are politically motivated, who have a hostile attitude to our party, who have been taking very retrograde steps in relation to how they deal with policing."

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Bomb thrown at police vehicle in Belfast

Police have escaped serious injury after an explosive device was thrown at their vehicle in Belfast

The attack happened near the City Cemetery in the west of the city, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

An ambulance service spokesman said paramedics treated up to four members of the public for shock but there were no serious injuries.

'Small-scale device used' in Belfast city centre blast

It is understood the incident was not a car bomb attack, with officers believing a small-scale device was used.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman has said:

A number of businesses and streets in the Cathedral area of Belfast have been cordoned off following a small explosion.

It occurred at about 6.45pm as police were checking reports of a suspicious object.

At this stage there are no reports of any injuries.

Report: 'Bomb' explodes in Belfast city centre

Streets were closed and buildings had to be evacuated after an explosion in Belfast City centre last night, according to reports.

The incident took place on Victoria Street in Belfast city centre, where police were earlier dealing with a suspect vehicle, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland evacuated the area while they examined the car near the Victoria Square shopping centre, before a loud bang was heard.

The incident began from around 9.30pm on Sunday night.

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Prison officer murder: Men were 'seen running from car'

Police have issued a fresh appeal in the hunt for the killers of murdered prison officer David Black, on the anniversary of his death.

Men were seen running from a car used to shoot a prison officer dead in Northern Ireland. Credit: PSNI/PA Wire

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said today that men were seen running from the dark blue Toyota Camry used to shoot the 52-year-old dead in in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland, as he drove to work at Maghaberry jail.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Richard Harkness said: "A number of men were seen running away from the Toyota Camry car."

He added: "I would also appeal to people in Cookstown to think about what they saw in the days and weeks before David's murder last year. Did you see any unusual activity around David's home or the places he frequented?

"I would remind people there is a reward of up to £10,000 available for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible."

DUP: 'Nail bomb an attempt to kill and inflame tensions'

Democratic Unionist Party MLA for North Belfast William Humphrey described the pipe bomb attack as an attempt to kill.

This nail bomb was not only a deliberate attempt to further inflame tensions in this area but was an attempt to cause death or serious injury. Fortunately despite this indiscriminate weapon exploding, no injuries were sustained.

Local people have already suffered enough as a result of the trouble within the area. There is absolutely no justification for violence from any quarter, and I would hope that this incident will be treated with the utmost seriousness.

– Democratic Unionist Party MLA for North Belfast William Humphrey

Theresa Villiers, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, also condemned the "deplorable attack" on police officers.

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