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South Strand

Volume 407: debated on Wednesday 25 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the security situation in the South Strand area. [120580]

The interfaces between protestant and catholic communities have been quiet, although tension continues and the potential for conflict simmers under the surface. The additional physical security measures, identified following the sustained violence last summer, have now been completed. In addition, five new CCTV cameras have been erected at interface locations. These measures have provided some reassurance to the beleaguered communities and aided policing in the area.