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Criminal campaign of intimidation on Cullyhanna family must cease

11 December, 2014 - by Conor Murphy

 Sinn Fein MP Conor Murphy has called on those waging a campaign of "intimidation, threats and assaults" against Cullyhanna man Michael Bellew and his family, to cease immediately.

Describing Mr Bellew as a respected and upstanding member of the community the Sinn Féin MP said

This campaign of violence and intimidation being carried out by criminals masquerading as Republicans is disgraceful and must be condemned by all.  It must cease immediately. People are outraged and most view this threat on a well respected and upstanding member of the community and his family as an attack on the entire community" and he continued

"These criminal gangs need to leave the stage and people allowed to build a future for themselves and their families free from threat".

He also said that Sinn Féin would be meeting with the PSNI to discuss the issue

"The PSNI need to deal with this immediately and we will be meeting with them to impress that on them."

The Sinn Féin representative concluded by stating 

 "People need to be able to get on with their lives without the shadow of these gangs hanging over them, who are besmirching the honourable title of republican.”

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