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Threats against probation workers should be lifted immediately – Kelly

15 September, 2017 - by Gerry Kelly


A dissident republican threat to probation workers should be immediately lifted, Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said.

The North Belfast MLA was speaking after it emerged that Probation Service staff across the North have been told to review their security in light of the threat.

"This threat is entirely unacceptable and should be lifted immediately," he commented.

“This is a threat against staff, all of whom are social workers and over 70 per cent of are women.

"The Probation Service plays an important role within the justice system, particularly in terms of preventing reoffending and keeping communities safe. They also assist in the rehabilitation and re-integration of former prisoners back into a more positive role in the community.

"That is in stark contrast to the actions of the groups issuing these threats because they bring nothing but fear and misery to communities.

"They should withdraw it immediately and they should get off the backs of our communities once and for all.”

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