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Sinn Fein MLA condemns group who threatened North Belfast man

By Sue Doherty

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin has hit out at men claiming to be from an armed group who visited a home in North Belfast and threatened a local man.

The incident follows threats to almost 50 people named in a list circulating in public in North Belfast over recent days.

Ms Ni Chuiilin said: "Sinn Fein has been contacted by mental health professionals who have made it clear that quite a number of those who have threatened are vulnerable individuals.

"Today men claiming to be from an armed group called to the home of a man named on the list and issued threats against him.

“I condemn those responsible for this activity. They should withdraw the threats immediately and desist from any further actions," she concluded.

When asked to comment on the incident, the PSNI's Chief Inspector Stephen Burns said, “Police are aware that some written material has been distributed in parts of North Belfast and we are currently carrying out enquiries into this matter.

"We do not discuss allegations against individuals, however circulating material such as this is intensely unhelpful and potentially dangerous.

"While we do not discuss the security of individuals, if we receive information that a person’s life may be at risk, we will inform them accordingly. We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk. No inference should be drawn from this."

The chief inspector said the PSNI is "actively working with communities to address criminality and issues like drug dealing across all parts of Northern Ireland".

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police on 101 or, if they wish to remain anonymous,  via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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