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Death threat to Catholic family in Stoneyford

12 February, 2008


Sinn Féin Lagan Valley MLA Paul Butler commenting on a death threat to a Catholic family living in Stoneyford has said that the PSNI is failing to protect Catholics in the village.

Mr Butler said:

"Last night's death threat from loyalists against a Catholic family in Stoneyford is the latest in a series of attacks on this family."

The death threat was delivered to the family home by PSNI officers. They were not in a position to tell the family the exact nature of the threat or who was under threat. The letter from the PSNI informing the family of the threat made reference to a 'male'. There are four males in the house, one adult the others are children.

Mr Butler continued:

"The PSNI say they are taking the threat 'seriously'. Yet, this remark seems to be the only part of this threat that the PSNI are taking seriously because they are failing to protect this family and other Catholics in the village from the loyalist gang who are based in the village.

"This gang is well known to the PSNI yet they are doing nothing to curtail their intimidatory and sectarian behavior.

"Two weeks ago I met Assistant Chief Constable and the police officers in charge of the area. I was given an assurance that the PSNI would act to deter this gang.

"I am still waiting on an effective response - no single loyalist involved in this campaign has been arrested.

"They roam the village intimidating people at will. This is totally unacceptable. The PSNI must immediately act to protect the Catholics from this loyalist gang." ENDS

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