Counterpoint: Security Alarms and Stormont Talks

Counterpoint: Security Alarms and Stormont Talks

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Belfast, Tomb Street Post Office




Transmission 04/05/1992


25min 50sec




1 inch



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Paul Clark reports on credit card fraud and with a panel discusses the Stormont talks between the SDLP and the Unionist parties centred around the Anglo-Irish Agreement.

A man who has committed fraud explains how such a crime could be committed, with the signature line removed and replaced after being stolen. However, Alasdair MacLaughlin (Secretary, NI Bankers Association) and Larry Cheshire (Detective Sgt. RUC) both agree that this is not easily done with the final thought being that they are "yet to come across an attempt where it has been totally successful".

There is an established network of thieves and handlers which has created this problem, this has been most apparent in a large scale credit card fraud case that occurred in the post office sorting room, were some postmen stole cards before they reached the owner. What is evident is that there needs to be a technological solution at retail level to help decrease the number of transactions getting through. 

Concluding the episode is Norman Stockton, David McKittrick and Mary Holland who discuss the Stormont talks, with the general consensus being that Dublin is being patient due to other matters having a higher priority and that the public shouldn’t set their hopes too high.


A UTV Production. 

Producer: Tony Curry

Director: Alan Hailes

Editor: Rob Morrison

Also Featured: Liz Groves, Chris Mack, Sheila Scarlett, Ken Robinson, James Parsons, Dave Pennick, Gerry Mitchell and Prof. Michael Levi. 



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