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Dissident threat forcing officers to leave homes in North West

UTV can reveal that both serving and retired members of the security forces living in rural parts of the North West have had to leave their homes because of dissident republican threats to their lives.

The DUP MP Gregory Campbell insists the Northern Ireland Office must do more to protect them. He's asked the Secretary of State to intervene.

Mr Campbell said it is the tip of the iceberg and there are many other officers living in fear for their lives.

“These are family people, families are under threat. The Northern Ireland Office need to action whatever it is they can do to offer help."

Gregory Campbell says the threat level is the tip of the iceberg and there are many other officers living in fear for their lives. Credit: UTV

Mr Campbell continued: "It is having a very stressful time for the entire family circle because they don’t know if an attack is imminent, today, tomorrow or next week. The Police have been active but the Northern Ireland Office need to be more active.”

The threat level from dissident republicans remain severe.

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton says everything will be done that can be done to protect officers. Credit: UTV

Chief Inspector Alan Hutton said each case is assessed and if necessary patrols are increased in certain areas.

“We are seeing officers having to move because of threats. We will do everything we can to support colleagues and protect them. Everything will be done that can be done to protect officers.”

In a statement, the Northern Ireland Office said: "While we do not comment on individual arrangements a scheme is in place to provide protective measures for certain individuals who are assessed to be at significant risk. This is kept under review.”