East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell raised the relocation of memorials to murdered RUC Officers with the Secretary of State during Northern Ireland Questions in Parliament yesterday.
Several memorials have been moved, the most recent without consultation with the families of the murdered officers, and photographs have revealed its new position in a third floor photocopying area.
Speaking from Westminster Mr Campbell said, ‘It is important that we have a united front between the police and the whole community against terrorism. This is not helped by senior police officers moving a memorial to colleagues murdered by the IRA away from a public-facing part of the station to a private back-office.
Steps have been taken to ensure we have resources to tackle the scourge of present day terrorism. The Secretary of State and the government are right to build support for this right across the community, but equally we must not forget those who stood against terrorism in the past. The fact that thousands of people have signed an online petition in two days demonstrates the strength of feeling on the matter.
My colleague Gary Middleton MLA and I are arranging a meeting with senior officers on Friday to discuss this issue. If there is any rationale for memorials being moved for legitimate reasons, it should only be contemplated after consultation. On this occasion there was none and the conclusion is being drawn that it is perceived as an attempt to airbrush the sacrifice of RUC officers from history. The entire community needs to stand against any kind of rewriting of history.’