The latest in a string of real and hoax bomb threats in the last week was a 500lb bomb found in a van on the main Newry to Belfast road. Police were criticized after a number of people were able to drive past an unmanned cordon.
This serious threat followed the discovery of suspect objects at a courthouse in Derry/Londonderry, two alerts in Belfast and several hoaxes in Lurgan and Toomebridge throughout the week. It also comes less than a week after the murder of Pc Kerr.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, despite the large number of recent attacks, police insist that they are not being overstretched. In a statement to the Belfast Telegraph, the PSNI said that the Chief Constable is on record as saying that the police have "adequate resources in place to ensure a personal, professional and protective policing service for Northern Ireland."
While the PSNI have over 600 more officers now than they did in June 2009, they have been criticized recently for a lack of visibility - at Newry, and at an alert in Fermanagh in which it took 7 hours for a road to be closed following the discovery of a suspicious object there.
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