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Family's terror over bullet found in sympathy card

By Claire Williamson

Published 07/11/2015

Niall Ó Donnghaile
Niall Ó Donnghaile

A Sinn Fein councillor has said a Belfast family were subjected to a terrifying experience when a sympathy card containing a bullet was opened by their young child.

Niall Ó Donnghaile said the Short Strand family were not the intended target of the letter from the racketeers.

The former Belfast Lord Mayor added: "A Short Strand family were subjected to a frightening experience after a young child discovered a sympathy card with a bullet inside, calling for payment of an outstanding debt. The family concerned are a respectable and highly-regarded one in the Short Strand area.

"The very fact that it was addressed to their son, when they only have daughters, indicates a case of mistaken identity and total disregard for the wellbeing of this respected family.

"This community rejects those involved in peddling drugs and criminality completely and stands firmly behind the local family subjected to this experience.

"No one should be intimidated in this way.

A police spokeswoman said: "PSNI does not comment on threats. Where we are made aware of an issue, appropriate steps are taken to advise the individual regarding their personal security."

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