Kelly slams gang over contractor intimidation
North Belfast Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has condemned the group behind attempts to extort money and intimidate contractors in Ardoyne and the New Lodge over recent days.
Gerry Kelly said: “In recent days, men claiming to be from the Action Against Drugs gang threatened workers in the New Lodge area in an attempt to extort at least two contractors.
“Recently, workers for another contractor in Ardoyne were also forced to leave a job in the Ardoyne/Bone area because of intimidation.
“I absolutely condemn those responsible for these despicable and criminal actions. This is no more than stealing money from people providing services to the local community.
“Workers trying to make a living should be free from intimidation and harassment. These armed gangs are preying on the community.
“They should desist now and end their campaigns of intimidation and extortion of workers to fill their own pockets.
“Anyone with information on these criminal gangs should bring that forward immediately to the police.”