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White powder sent to Sinn Féin Councillor

22 November, 2004


Sinn Féin Lagan Valley Representative Cllr. Paul Butler has revealed that the PSNI today informed his office that a package containing a white powder addressed to him had been intercepted by the Post Office.

Cllr. Butler said:

" The PSNI this morning visited my constituency office and informed staff that a package containing some sort of white powder addressed to me had been intercepted in the post. This is the latest in a campaign of intimidation and violence directed towards my family and myself.

" This campaign has in the past been directly linked to the UDA in Lisburn and relates to my continued opposition to discrimination and bigotry within Lisburn council.

" In the week since the UDA cessation announcement and the recognition of this by the British Secretary of State Paul Murphy there has been an attack on Larne Councillor Danny O'Connor and his mother linked to the UDA and now this incident today.

" Given these events the scepticism articulated by Sinn Féin last week in the wake of their statement was well founded." ENDS

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