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Mid-Ulster Hospital campaigner being 'stalked and threatened'

A hospital campaigner has told of her terror after being targeted by a sinister caller who threatened to cut her throat.

Mid-Ulster Hospital campaigner Teresa McKenna was forced to call police after her life was threatened during a series of sick phone calls last weekend.

The mother of three received 218 calls on Saturday and Sunday night as well as over 40 text messages and eight voice mails.

Mrs McKenna said the calls, which came as she was at home alone with her three children, left her terrified.

The Draperstown woman is a well-known health service campaigner and is involved in highlighting cutbacks at the Mid Ulster Hospital in Magherafelt.

Mrs McKenna said she doesn’t know if the calls were made by people opposed to her campaigning work.

She said: “It was very frightening. One of the calls threatened to cut my throat and in another I was told I would have to sleep with one eye open. It was awful as I was sitting on my own with two children under the age of five. We don’t know what it’s related to.

“When the calls started I got up and closed all the windows in the house and turned on all the lights. The children were scared and all slept together in the same bed. I didn’t go to bed Saturday night. I stayed up until 6am on Sunday.”

The calls to Mrs McKenna’s phone were not withheld and police are attempting to trace the owner of the number.

Mrs McKenna said police also intend to contact service providers O2 in a bid to establish the location where the phone calls were made.

It is also understood one of the threatening calls was actually monitored by a PSNI officer.

A spokeswoman for the PSNI said they don’t “discuss the security of individuals”.

Magherafelt councillor Kate Lagan slammed those behind the threatening calls.

She said: “I have every sympathy for her (Mrs McKenna) having to put up with that nonsense from people, it’s ridiculous and deplorable.”

A spokesman for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, which manages the Mid Ulster Hospital, condemned the calls.

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