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Birch these offenders, canon urges

20 July 2012

A RURAL dean in Raphoe diocese, in County Donegal, has called for the imprisonment and flogging of members of an armed gang who attacked a post office in St Johnston, and terrorised an assistant with baseball bats.

Canon David Crooks, the Rector of Taughboyne parish, in which the post office is located, made the comments in the Donegal News. The perpetrators were "vermin", he said.

"They need to be dealt with appropriately. They should be imprisoned indefinitely, at least until it can be proved that they pose no further threat to any law-abiding community. They should be given the birch, and made to do hard labour. "

Canon Crooks said many well-intentioned people would consider his views harsh. "However, these lunatics will stop at nothing themselves".

In Belfast, the Police Service of Northern Ireland have brought a man before the courts on charges relating to an incident in which officers were fired on by protesters as they separated rioters during an Orange Order parade.

The incident was one of only four, in Belfast and Londonderry, among hundreds of parades that passed off peacefully.

 

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