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Belfast City Council staff abused over Lennox

By Amanda Poole

Intimidation of Belfast City Council staff by members of the public during the campaign to save death-row dog Lennox has led to the council reviewing procedures to protect staff.

The pitbull-type dog was seized from its owner, Caroline Barnes, in May 2010 and Belfast County Court ruled that it should be destroyed. A final hearing is due on May 24.

Following what the council described as an online “hate campaign” against staff, new policies protecting them have been drawn up and focus on what they should do if they are abused on social media sites.

Minutes from a council meeting on May 18 say “abuse, harassment and intimidation” was directed towards council staff, including online harassment and physical attacks on property and people.

This is now being investigated by the Attorney General. The new proposals are expected to be approved by the council tomorrow.

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