Police quiz residents ahead of G8

David Cameron

AHEAD of the G8 Summit in June, local residents are being visited by PSNI officers and quizzed regarding their day to day activities in preparation for the International event.

One such resident told the Herald how they were recently visited by two officers, who asked them numerous questions regarding their circumstances and their plans for the summit.

In addition to the names of everyone living at the address, the police also asked among other things: if you will be at home around the G8 time, your working arrangements, whether or not anyone has booked to stay on your land or on your property and, if police would be allowed their permission to remove protesters should they arrive.


The purpose of the visit, a PSNI spokesman explained, was to ensure safety arrangements are in place before the Home Office and the other international security organisations become involved.

What is clear from these visits is that local residents will be issued with a pass of some description, although it is yet to be confirmed what form this will take.

In addition, local residents will deal directly with PSNI and not ‘outside security’ and, as expected the Lough Shore Road will be closed within the proximities of the Lough Erne Resort from June 10 to June 18.

In order to counteract potential problems that may emerge from the staging of the summit, police were also keen to be aware of potential farming activity, such as milking and silage, as well as any students undertaking examinations in the time period of the G8.

They have advised local residents that even though they will be able to make it home during the time of the G8, they should allow themselves plenty of time as delays may be likely.

Now that everyone within a radius which stretches to Derrygonnelly is to be visited, it promises to be a busy time for police ahead of the biggest police operation to ever take place in Northern Ireland.

By their own admission, the PSNI do not have all the answers at the present time, although full information on the operation will not be known until closer to the time.
Local residents, though, will be kept up to date with any developments by way of an email address which will be passed on from PSNI officers.


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