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Threat caller traumatises council official

16 August, 2007

A caller who has regularly threatened the life of Sinn Féin councillor Billy Leonard has now traumatised a member of staff at Coleraine Borough Council.

The lady received a call from the man describing how he was holding a gun to Leonard's head and that his claim had to be taken seriously. The staff member immediately alerted the Council's acting Chief Executive Desi Wreath who in turn contacted the PSNI. Councillor Leonard said:

"I really regret that this member of staff had to suffer the shock of such a call.

"This person has now tried to make or imply threats against me four times in recent days
As well as this call to the Council Office he has phoned my home phone number twice and my mobile once in a five day period and has been at this for many months.

"I and my family take this person as a matter of course. But under no circumstances should he be taking his pathetic campaign to the Council offices and alarming a member of staff as she does her normal work.

"I have met with the lady and assured her of my full support and I hope that she can put this disturbing incident behind her." ENDS

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