Leaflets threatening alleged drug dealers circulated in Belfast
Leaflets threatening alleged drug dealers have been sent to homes in Belfast.
The sinister leaflets were posted to homes in the Beechmount and Springfield Road areas of the city, as well as on social media, at the weekend and are signed "A.D.D".
Under the heading "Public Notice", the letter lists the names of alleged drug dealers and urges them to come forward to the "republican movement".
"All the above mentioned come forward to the republican movement, failure to do so will result on [sic] the severest punishment, even as far as execution!" it states.
"Take this as the only warning, A.A.D."
Another leaflet was circulated in north Belfast listing the names of 42 alleged drug dealers.
Police said they are aware of the leaflets and will not tolerate any type of "vigilante activity".
Inspector David McBride said: “Police are aware of leaflets which have reportedly been circulated on social media and in Belfast which contains a number of names.
“We do not discuss the security of any individual, however, 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.
“The PSNI does not tolerate any type of vigilante activity and we would caution any individual or group against taking the law into their own hands.
“The PSNI is responsible for law enforcement in Northern Ireland - we are here to protect local people and we are proud to serve them.
“Police would appeal to the community to continue to support them in their efforts to keep the area safe for everyone. Anyone with information or concerns should contact police on 101.”
The leaflets come after graffiti appeared in west Belfast threatening drug dealers and supporting dissident republican terrorism.
Last week, graffiti stating "Join the CIRA" and "Drug dealers will be shot" was sprayed at the side of a building in Springfield Crescent.
SDLP councillor Brian Heading said he has reported the slogans to Belfast City Council in order for them to be removed as soon as possible.
He added that whoever is behind the graffiti is doing nothing but tarnishing the image of their own communities.
Other slogans reading "Join CIRA", "PSF (Provisional Sinn Fein) sellouts!" and "Brits out not sell out" were daubed on a wall outside Laurelbank estate in Poleglass.
Sinn Fein MLA Fra McCann said the responsibility for the messages lay at the feet of young people and the slogans do not frighten his party.
"Obviously, you're always concerned that people proceed to put slogans like that up, but the people that are doing it probably aren't putting any thought into it, except to be anti-Sinn Fein," he said.
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