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Downpatrick Courthouse

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 22 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which organisation was responsible for security at Downpatrick courthouse on the day in the week beginning 5 May. [114038]

The responsibility for security at Downpatrick magistrates court was shared between the PSNI, the Prison Service and the NI Court Service through the civilian security provided by Maybin Security Services. On 5 May a number of remand prisoners were handed into police custody by Prison Office staff. The prisoners included the two persons who subsequently escaped from custody.