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Council worker threated to shoot staff, court hears

A council worker has been remanded in custody after allegedly threatening to shoot a number of his colleagues.

Stephen James Brown, a toilet attendant for Down District Council, is accused of threatening to kill members of the council’s human resources department following a dispute.

It is understood the 43-year-old, from Marguerite Court in Newcastle, Co Down, phoned the human resources department on Monday and allegedly told one of the female members of staff: “I’m going to shoot you all.”

Brown is believed to have been on sick leave from his council job and was due to take part in civil tribunal proceedings.

Police were contacted following the threat and Brown was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill.

He appeared before Bangor Magistrate’s Court yesterday charged with “making a threat to kill members of a civil tribunal intending (they) would fear it would be carried out”.

Brown was remanded in custody at Maghaberry Prison and the case adjourned to next month.

A spokesman for the PSNI said: “A 43-year-old man has appeared at Bangor Magistrate’s Court charged with making a threat to kill. As is normal procedure charges will be reviewed by the PPS.”

Brown is understood to have worked for Down District Council as a mobile toilet attendant in Newcastle for several years.

An employee for Down District Council said: “It has been claimed that a man threatened to shoot members of the human resources department and they feared the threat would be carried out.

“You cannot be too careful so police were immediately contacted and steps were taken to reassure those members of staff who felt they had been threatened.”

Another worker added: “If this is the case then it is a shame that relations between the parties broke down to this extent.”

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