Overend welcomes cash to tackle dissident threat

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MID-ULSTER MLA Sandra Overend has welcomed a multi-million PSNI funding package from the British government to tackle the dissident threat.

On Wednesday Chancellor George Osborne announced that the province will benefit from a £9.6 billon package in his Comprehensive Spending Review.

An additional funding package of £31 million has been set aside for police here.

Sandra said: “The plans, taken in conjunction with the announcements earlier this month of an economic package with London, mean that the Assembly has done as well as could reasonably have been expected.

She added: “I obviously welcome the news that there will be an additional £31m of funding for the PSNI, primarily to tackle the on-going republican terrorist threat.

“I cannot help but wish that Northern Ireland was in a better situation so that this money could be put to other uses, in terms of hospitals, schools and job creation.

“We must all work to minimise the effects of the on-going recession and ensure we are well-placed to take advantage when the recovery finally comes.”