N. Ireland Politics

PSNI's Operation Exposure comes under more pressure

Police in Londonderry have been criticised for publishing images of under-18s they want to question.

The Policing Board's human rights advisor said pictures of children should only be used in exceptional circumstances.

Operation Exposure, which published CCTV images of young people, has been criticised in the past.

Sinn Fein Policing Board member and Foyle MLA Martina Anderson has welcomed the advisor's comments.

Ms Anderson said that just because the operation works does not mean that it is right.

"The human rights advisor made clear her concern that images or other details of any person under the age of 18 years should not be released unless it is absolutely necessary in terms of protecting the general public or the young person from serious injury and only after all other methods have been tried and failed," she said.

"This was endorsed by the committee and will now go to the full Policing Board and there are obvious implications for PSNI operations such as 'Operation Exposure' where the images of young people allegedly involved in serious disorder were widely publicised.

"I would like to welcome this development because there is an onus on all of us to ensure that the human rights of children and young people are protected."

The Thematic Review on the rights of Children and Young People will be published in November.