The owners of a gold mine in Northern Ireland have halted its development after police refused to provide their requested levels of anti-terrorism security cover.
Galantas Gold Corporation said the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) was not prepared to offer sufficient resources to supervise the transportation and denotation of blasting materials at its mine in Omagh, Co Tyrone. Galantas sourced gold from an open cast mine in the area up until 2013 . It has secured planning permission to excavate underground seams for the next 15 years with projections of extracting 30 million worth of gold a year.
The mining security requirement is in place in Northern Ireland to guard against the potential threat posed by dissident republican terror groups. The company said the PSNI had offered two hours of cover, two days a week – in exchange for a fee. Galantas said that was insufficient to run the mine and offered to pay the police for two hours of cover, five days a week – albeit reserving the right to challenge the policy of recovering costs in the courts.
It said the PSNI rejected that offer, citing resource constraints and competing priorities. The company is now pursuing a potential legal action against the PSNI, claiming other mining companies have not been subject to the same limitations on police resources. Galantas currently employs 15 people at the Omagh site, five of whom have now been placed on notice of redundancy .
It had envisaged employing around 130 once the planned underground mining operation was running.
Roland Phelps, president and CEO of Galantas, said: “The PSNI’s decision is clearly a blow to any proposed mine development in Northern Ireland and negatively affects the livelihoods of our employees and their families.
“The company pays full UK taxes, royalties and mineral license fees.
“A cost benefit analysis of PSNI providing the required anti-terrorism cover required by PSNI is hugely to the state’s benefit – not that this is any reason to allow a potential terrorist threat to interfere with any citizen’s lawful rights or business.”
PSNI Chief Superintendent Kevin Dunwoody said: “There are many competing demands for the resources that PSNI commanders have at their disposal.
“They must prioritise those demands in a way that maximises the safety of the public and their officers and works to counter threats, to mitigate risk and to alleviate harm.
“Working with others to support their efforts for the development of enterprise and the economy is important to PSNI.
“It is, however, reasonable to expect a commercial venture to contribute all or part of the policing costs where it is legitimate and proportionate to do so.”
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A 1.4m grant has been given towards paying for the huge security operation for the Champions League final being held in Cardiff. The UK Government has approved a Special Grant application made by the South Wales Police and Crime Commissioner to cover the additional costs of policing the game.
The grant had been applied for before the attack in Westminster a fortnight ago. The final will be held at the Principality Stadium which will be renamed The National Stadium of Wales for the event.
Security measures were ramped up at UEFA Euro 2016 in France (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
The city is set to see 250,000 fans in the city in the week of the final and police have said it will be their biggest operation ever. The amount of security in the city will be unprecedented . The number of officers is not expected to exceed the huge operation for Nato but the amount of security measures are likely to be bigger in the wake of terror attacks around the world. Staff working near the stadium have been warned they will need to carry identification and could be searched at any point in the build up.
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There will also be a focus on hostile vehicle mitigation around the city. Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns said: Cardiff has consistently proven its calibre in delivering high profile events on an international stage . The eyes of the world will once again be upon us as we prepare to host the Champions League finals.
The safety and security of the hundreds of thousands of people set to flood into the city and surrounding areas at this time is of paramount importance.
Security fencing erected for the Nato summit
“The UK Government is determined to ensure that Wales, and the UK, are seen in the best possible light on the worldwide stage and the policing of the event will be crucial in achieving this.
I am delighted that we have been able to provide this funding for South Wales Police.
“I know the whole city is looking forward to giving visiting supporters a wonderful welcome at what will be a safe and successful Champions League final later this year. Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Brandon Lewis said: I am pleased to confirm that 1.4million in special grant funding has been allocated to support South Wales Police at the Champions League final in Cardiff.
An increased police presence on the streets of Cardiff on the eve of the NATO Summit (Photo: Western Mail)
“I am sure it will be a fantastic event for the city of Cardiff to host.
The UK Government has protected police funding since the 2015 Spending Review and it is right that in exceptional circumstances we provide additional resources in order to make sure we keep our communities safe and secure.
Mr Cairns added: “Wales has never seen a sporting event on this scale . The only event that comes close to the police security requirement was that of NATO.
“NATO was a security driven initiative . This is about being open and welcoming to the public to ensure that people who come to Cardiff, can be safe here and be supported admirably by the local police force to ensure that the event is a fantastic festival for Cardiff and the UK.
“We have been in discussions with South Wales Police for some time over resources that are needed in order to make sure that the Champions League is a great success for Cardiff, Wales and the UK.
“The special grant had been awarded to South Wales Police to ensure that its the showcase that we want it to be to demonstrate we are a global nation.
“This will have hundreds of millions of viewers and we are determined to show that Cardiff is an open and welcoming place.”