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Willie Frazer: I can get up to 12 death threats on single day

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 03/08/2016

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Protestant victims campaigner Willie Frazer has revealed he receives up to 12 death threats every day.

In the latest incident Mr Frazer was warned by an anonymous caller that he and his family would be shot.

The call mentioned what type of vehicle he drives and where his wife works.

He said it was one of many threats he gets on a daily basis.

"That is one phone call. I'll maybe get about 10 or 12 phone calls like that a day," Mr Frazer revealed. "I've reported some of them to the police but, unfortunately, the police seem to have their hands tied, they can't do anything about it."

He released details of the latest threat on his Facebook site, including a recording of the call.

"You'll all be shot... you should have been shot years ago," the caller threatens.

The exchange lasted for around a minute, with the culprit swearing and verbally abusing Mr Frazer, as well as making disparaging remarks about the campaigner's late father, Bertie.

Mr Frazer senior, a council worker and part-time UDR member, was murdered as he helped out on a friend's farm near Whitecross in 1975.

The caller adds: "We shot your old boy and you're next."

Mr Frazer said he was routinely abused and threatened, including being spat at while walking in the street.

But he explained the latest call had concerned him because the culprit mentioned his family. "I don't mind an odd death threat against myself - I'm well used to it now, but whenever they start threatening my family, that's a different issue."

Mr Frazer explained that in an average week he receives at least 20 death threats of varying severity.

On some days, he can receive between 10 and 12 calls that suggest his life is in danger.

PSNI Chief Inspector Jon Burrows said: "We do not discuss the security of individuals. However, if we receive information that a person's life may be at risk, we will inform them accordingly. We never ignore anything that could put an individual at risk."

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