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Sinn Féin Calls for lifting of all death threats and expulsions

13 February, 2012 - by Raymond McCartney

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Raymond McCartney has called on those groups responsible for issuing threats against several people from the Top of the Hill and other areas of Derry over recent months to immediately withdraw these death threats and expulsions.

It’s understood that three men threatened a number of months ago have again been visited by the PSNI and informed that fresh death threats have been issued from an unnamed organisation while another two men have received new threats from the vigilante gang RAAD

Raymond McCartney said

“Five local men have been informed that their lives are under threat from vigilante gangs and that they must leave the area. This follows similar threats being issued against a number of people from the Top of the Hill and Curryneirn over the past six months.

"Local people are very frightened and concerned about the reckless activities of these criminal organisations who are attempting to impose their will on the community.

"The seriousness of this situation cannot be understated and I condemn whoever is behind these latest death threats. The local community is demanding that these gangs disband and lift the atmosphere of fear and intimidation hanging over the City. It is common knowledge that many of these threats emanate from personal disputes some of which are as frivolous as being overhead in social circles criticising the activities of these people.

"I would urge the public to act in the interest of the community by providing the PSNI or other statutory agencies or public representative with any information you may have concerning the activities of these pseudo gangs. Likewise if you have information about those involved in drug dealing or other anti-community activity bring that forward also so that the courts can deal with the situation.

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