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Jim Wells needs to provide facts

The claims by Jim Wells MLA about 'dissident' republican activity in the Kilcoo/Hilltown area cannot go unchallenged.

If Mr Wells has specific and detailed knowledge or information about an 'imminent' attack, then he should report what he knows to the police.

As we attempt to move out of conflict, Jim Wells seems determined to treat people from nationalist/republican communities as second-class citizens.

His unfounded allegations will, at the very least, raise tensions and, at worst, provide a pretext for attacks on the local population.

I have raised this matter with the PSNI and now challenge them to question Mr Wells if there is any justification to his claims.

WILLIE CLARKE (SF)

MLA for South Down

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