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Not enough being done to tackle drugs trade in Portglenone

2 January, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA for North Antrim Daithí McKay has called for the PSNI to be more proactive against drug-dealers in Portglenone. Mr McKay was speaking after a fifth attack on a member of a local Residents Group in the town.

Mr. McKay said:

"This is the fifth serious attack on this woman's property, and this most recent attack to burn her house could have had very serious consequences. There is a small anti- social element in the town that is responsible for these attacks and it is obvious that much more is required of the PSNI to ensure that this womanand everyone else in Portglenone can sleep easy at night.

"The PSNI need to explain how residents can be repeatedly attacked by the same group of people and continually get away with it. Residents here are well aware of who is dealing drugs in the town but to date the police have not acted on information they have received adequately.

"This is an issue that I will bring up at the next Policing Board meeting. It is vitally important that drug dealing in small rural areas like this is nipped in the bud before the problem gets worse." ENDS

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