Copper bombed in Randalstown.

#2
Can't have happened, Gorden and Tony told me that the troubles were over, honist
 
#3
I hope he is ok but bad drills that man, there has been a warning out from mid december that the cnuts were planning something for the christmas period, should have been checking his vechicle for UVIEDS
 
#4
Bad drills my arrse, bad luck more like. It's an old saying but they only need to be lucky once. Times change and I am sure he wishes he had checked but he didn't not bad drill just changing times. Our scum bag politicians now allow the old boys free run of parliament it's only a matter of time.
Get well soon mate
 
#6
Randalstown was a strange place to work in. It has a mixed population, and doesn't feel very dangerous, but every so often a serious attack happened. Whereas down the road in Toome it was 99.9% republican so you were more alert and as a consequence we were attacked less there. Lots of part-time security forces people lived around Randalstown, and I can see how your guard could get dropped.
 
#7
However, it is only minutes from Massareene barracks - most likely the same ASU are involved, although no-one has claimed 'credit' yet
 
#8
Ive been over N.I. for nearly a year now and i hear of the bombs being found, the ATM machines being robbed, the illegal VCP's etc.. but when i mooched back over to the mainland during crimbo....not a word in the press, no one knew about it. If this was to happen in Manchester there would be murder to play !
 
#9
tiny_recy_mac said:
I hope he is ok but bad drills that man, there has been a warning out from mid december that the cnuts were planning something for the christmas period, should have been checking his vechicle for UVIEDS
We do not know what this victims drills were. What we do know is that diligence may save a life in a particular instance. However the determined terrorist has many targets to choose from. It therefore becomes somewhat of a lottery when the "dicker(s)" report on the (closely observed) actions of the potential victim. Let`s say there is one device and three choice targets - obviously the person making least apparant effort is likely to be chosen.
However it is not easy to check every part of a car and its surroundings on a cold dark winter morning while being aware you are probably being observed closely by someone who, while not the actual bomber, is quite happy to describe in detail to a potential killer the actions you take to protect yourself.
A friend always carefully and thoroughly checked his car only to be badly injured by a device made to look like the broken building block he used to prop his gateway open. It activated when he moved it aside with his foot in the semi-dawn. The "dicker" was a neighbour who had apparantly watched closely morning after morning from his bedroom window noting every action of someone with whom he was on first name terms. This indicated to the bomber that it was clear that a device in/on the car would be spotted. However the brick/block was a weak point in the defences of the target. Similar non-vehicle devices in gardens and driveways had a variety of "successes" (from the point of view of the terrorist).

While there may appear fewer "soft" targets now than in the `70`s to `90`s there are still sufficient to give the would-be terrorist plenty of scope.
Perhaps a few - slightly scaled down maybe - "Loughgall Drills" would help.
 
#10
Best wishes for rapid and full recovery from across the pond.

Odd thing is, from the reports he was RC, active in GAA sports, Irish speaking and relatives involved in SF.

The PSNI officer killed some months ago was also RC. Are the (P/C/R)IRA targeting RC's as "traitors" or are dissident Loyalists targeting RC PSNI.

I just hope it does not kick off again. Nice area, nice people and lovely scenery but I won't go as a tourist to areas with a lot of shootings and bombings.
 
#11
ximmeh1987 said:
Ive been over N.I. for nearly a year now and i hear of the bombs being found, the ATM machines being robbed, the illegal VCP's etc.. but when i mooched back over to the mainland during crimbo....not a word in the press, no one knew about it. If this was to happen in Manchester there would be murder to play !
Can't allow anything to de-rail the peace process. If it's not publicised it didn't happen. Apparently. We're now at a stage where due to the failure to recognise the threat these clowns pose, never mind deal with them they have been allowed to reorganise, recruit and re-arm. Just my opinion however. Sure what would I know.
 
#12
DavidBOC said:
Best wishes for rapid and full recovery from across the pond.

Odd thing is, from the reports he was RC, active in GAA sports, Irish speaking and relatives involved in SF.

The PSNI officer killed some months ago was also RC. Are the (P/C/R)IRA targeting RC's as "traitors" or are dissident Loyalists targeting RC PSNI.

I just hope it does not kick off again. Nice area, nice people and lovely scenery but I won't go as a tourist to areas with a lot of shootings and bombings.
It is very much the DRs targetting Catholic officers. They can't portray the PSNI as an unrepresentative and sectarian force when lots of Catholics join it so attacking them first is an attempt to discourage other Catholics from joining.

It is exactly the same tactic as used by PIRA in the early 70s when Catholic members of the RUC and UDR were priority targets. Which makes listening to the statements of "condemnation" from PSF representatives particularly sickening.
 
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DavidBOC said:
Best wishes for rapid and full recovery from across the pond.

Odd thing is, from the reports he was RC, active in GAA sports, Irish speaking and relatives involved in SF.

The PSNI officer killed some months ago was also RC. Are the (P/C/R)IRA targeting RC's as "traitors" or are dissident Loyalists targeting RC PSNI.

I just hope it does not kick off again. Nice area, nice people and lovely scenery but I won't go as a tourist to areas with a lot of shootings and bombings.
History answers your question David BOC.
Roman Catholics who served "The Crown" were always targets of extreme Republicanism, no amount of cross-community action would protect them. Read Dan Breen's "My fight for Irish Freedom" for example. The instinctive hostility of Republicanism to someone who serves "The Crown" blinds them to the negativity of such an attitude - adding to the factors contributing to the failure of successive campaigns down the years. One of the constables murdered in the 1956 - 62 terrorism was Catholic. (One major part of the Patton "reforms" was the removal of every sign that the Police Service of Northern Ireland might have a connection with "The Crown"; naivety in the extreme!).
Dissident Loyalists however would gain nothing from a campaign which atacks the PSNI - even the "mad dogs" of the `70's - if they were still around!
 
#14
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8449810.stm

A police officer injured in a dissident republican bomb attack in County Antrim remains critically ill in hospital.

Constable Peadar Heffron was injured when a bomb exploded under his car on the Milltown Road in Randalstown at about 0630 GMT on Friday.

The 33-year-old is an Irish language specialist for the PSNI and captain of the PSNI GAA team.

Mr Heffron has been in the police for 10 years and recently married. He is related to a senior Sinn Fein member.

He had been on his way to work at Woodbourne police station in west Belfast.

It is believed Constable Heffron had driven about a mile from his home when the bomb exploded and he was found breathing and conscious but bleeding heavily.

He underwent surgery at Antrim hospital and was then moved to the Royal Victoria hospital in Belfast.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said every decent person would condemn the attack.

"Our colleague was brutally targeted this morning in a cowardly attack as he left his home to travel to work," he said.

"My appeal to everyone is that you continue to support us in building peace and to not let this incident detract us all from that goal."

'Cowardly thugs'

Detective Chief Superintendent Williamson said dissident republicans were responsible for the bombing but it was too early to say which group was behind the attack.

He described it as an "atrocious act of terrorism carried out by cowardly thugs".

"This is an officer who was very prominent in his own community. He is very well-known and very well respected," Detective Chief Superintendent Williamson said.

These actions serve no purpose and will not further any cause
Martin McGuinness
Deputy first minister

"The threat is severe, it has been at that level for a number of months now.

"My appeal to everyone in the community, including police officers, would be to be vigilant."

Northern Ireland's first and deputy first ministers issued a joint statement condemning the attack.

First Minister Peter Robinson said is was a "cowardly evil act against a man committed to defending the free society we all enjoy".

"I have said in the past that those who perpetrate such attacks will not succeed in returning Northern Ireland to the dark days of the past. I remain steadfastly committed to upholding that promise," he added.

'Murder attempt'

Detective Chief Superintendent Derek Williamson described the bomb as a 'cowardly terrorist attack'

The deputy first minister, Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, said: "These actions serve no purpose and will not further any cause," he said.

The chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board, Barry Gilligan, said the bombing was "an attempt to murder".

He added that those who carried it out "cannot be allowed to succeed in bringing any further terror" to the community.

Northern Ireland Security Minister Paul Goggins described it as a "vile attack" which would "sicken people".

Dissident republicans have been responsible for a spate of bomb attacks across Northern Ireland in the last year.

In October, a dissident group planted a bomb under a policeman's car in east Belfast.

His partner suffered minor injuries in the attack.
 
#15
I hear the poor fella is likely to lose his legs, especially cruel to an active sportsman. I was however told "he'll do" which means he's expected to live.

God help him.

Get better soon mate, a much braver man than me.



And FWIW, Randalstown can be well dodgy. I used to see a girl from there, and it has a goodly number of extreme chucks.
 
#16
DavidBOC said:
Best wishes for rapid and full recovery from across the pond.

Odd thing is, from the reports he was RC, active in GAA sports, Irish speaking and relatives involved in SF.

The PSNI officer killed some months ago was also RC. Are the (P/C/R)IRA targeting RC's as "traitors" or are dissident Loyalists targeting RC PSNI.

I just hope it does not kick off again. Nice area, nice people and lovely scenery but I won't go as a tourist to areas with a lot of shootings and bombings.
It's twofold. At least.

The notion of an inclusive "cross community" staffed police force does not sit with the traditional republican notion of the police here being the armed wing of unionism. Catholics don't join and what have you got? A largely protestant police force. Same tactics the provies used in the early seventies. I would opinion the dissidents are working on the notion that it worked once, why not again.

There are very few mixed neighbourhoods here. In the main people still live amongst their own here. Many RC peelers live in the same areas they grew up in, have friends and relatives there, socialise with many of them, attend and participate in many of their old sporting and recreation clubs/societies. GAA being an obvious example. All of which unfortunately may make them easier to target than their prod colleagues. Generally speaking.

All of the above simply my educated opinion.

On your other point. Stevie Carroll was not murdered because he was a catholic. The scum who pulled the trigger that night could not have known his faith.
 
#18
SauceDoctor said:
I hear the poor fella is likely to lose his legs, especially cruel to an active sportsman. I was however told "he'll do" which means he's expected to live.
Lets hope whoever told you this is making an uneducated guess based on secondhand gossip. If that's the case, better to slow the rumour mill down until the extent of his injuries are confirmed. A few days after the UVIED in Castlederg similar info about the victim then was doing the rounds. Same fella manages to run rings around me at 5 a-side on a weekly basis now!
 
#19
ximmeh1987 said:
Ive been over N.I. for nearly a year now and i hear of the bombs being found, the ATM machines being robbed, the illegal VCP's etc.. but when i mooched back over to the mainland during crimbo....not a word in the press, no one knew about it. If this was to happen in Manchester there would be murder to play !
Nasty things happen on the "mainland" too Ximmeh. Only today two people have died violently at the hands of others. One was a Good Samaritan who tried to recover a snatched handbag, the other while filling his car with fuel. Such incidents happen every week.
The people over here (and I have lived "here" for some years now) have their own worries and problems.

However I still visit Northern Ireland as a "tourist" (accommodation is cheap - I still have many relatives there), and see the scenery and the people in a new light. There are many places where it has always been as peaceable and friendly as Shropshire or Northumberland, or even Aberdeenshire.
We who frequent this forum are perhaps, by nature of our experiences, somewhat sensitive to certain particular aspects of society when it comes to the internal security of the country. We may feel some parts of this more keenly.

We should accept however that the majority of those around us care for little outside their own immediate comforts.

Or am I being a little harsh and judgemental?

The PSNI nevertheless will see that their injured comrade will receive all the support he needs. He sounds like a get up and go person - may his Gods sustain him.
 
#20
foggy_balla said:
SauceDoctor said:
I hear the poor fella is likely to lose his legs, especially cruel to an active sportsman. I was however told "he'll do" which means he's expected to live.
Lets hope whoever told you this is making an uneducated guess based on secondhand gossip. If that's the case, better to slow the rumour mill down until the extent of his injuries are confirmed. A few days after the UVIED in Castlederg similar info about the victim then was doing the rounds. Same fella manages to run rings around me at 5 a-side on a weekly basis now!
Castlederg - the little town with the big heart - and courage by the bucketful!
 

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