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Three arrests following paramilitary task force searches

Three men have been arrested in Derry about INLA activity
Seamus McKinney

THREE men have been arrested following searches linked to ongoing INLA activity in Derry.

The searches were carried out by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force which was established in September last year and includes the PSNI, revenue and customs officials and the National Crime Agency.

A police spokeswoman said the task force, accompanied by officers from Strand Road and Maydown PSNI stations in the city carried out several planned searches.

Detective Inspector Lynn Knox said: "Three men, aged 30, 36 and 44, were arrested and taken to Musgrave serious crime suite (in Belfast) for questioning. A quantity of suspected cannabis, a sum of cash and INLA paraphernalia was seized during these searches."

Ms Knox said officers were committed to protecting communities across Northern Ireland.

“Many areas face challenges from organised criminal gangs with paramilitary connections," she said.

"Those who are involved in this type of criminality do not represent the interests of the community.

“We are committed to keeping people safe and will continue to work in partnership with local agencies, residents and community representatives to prevent and detect crime.”

The officer said information from the public was vital in addressing serious crime. She appealed to anyone who information about paramilitary crime to contact the PSNI.

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