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Police investigation launched after old PSNI flyers distributed

A police investigation was launched last night after "old PSNI flyers" which were "discontinued a number of years ago" were distributed in north Belfast

A police investigation was launched last night after "old PSNI flyers" which were "discontinued a number of years ago" were distributed in north Belfast.

Detective Chief Superintendent Paula Hilman, Head of PSNI's Public Protection Branch, said the PSNI are investigating "how these flyers made their way into the public arena".

DCS Hilman said: "First of all, I want all victims to know that the only people who are responsible for rape are rapists.

“Victims are not to blame," she said.

“We are investigating how these flyers made their way into the public arena as they were discontinued a number of years ago.

“They do not reflect, in any way, how PSNI views or treats victims of sexual crime and we apologise, unreservedly, for what has happened.

“I can assure you that we will learn lessons from this. We are taking urgent action to ensure that any remaining flyers will be destroyed so this cannot happen again".

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