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Northern Ireland shops serving PSNI officers threatened by dissident republicans

Threats made against businesses in Co Londonderry who serve PSNI officers have been branded "reprehensible" by the Police Federation.

The attempts to "intimidate" businesses have been condemned by the PFNI which represents rank and file officers in Northern Ireland.

A statement issued to the County Derry Post newspaper this week, which claimed to be on behalf of dissident republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann, threatened “shops, food outlets, garages and all commercial premises” who serve members of the PSNI.

It said: "We’d like to send out a warning to shops, food outlets, garages and all commercial premises serving the PSNI, RUC and British establishment.  We have been monitoring the situation of all these premises over the last number of months.  They have 12 hours to desist.  Do not come under our radar again.”

A PFNI spokesman said those behind the threats were a "throwback to an era that thankfully is long since past".

“The actions of some misguided and small-minded individuals are reprehensible, and should stop immediately. They are shunned by the vast majority of people who want to get on with their lives.

“Officers are every bit a part of the community as are the local businesses on the receiving end of these threats.

“This won’t prevent officers from doing their work on behalf of the entire community. Those behind the threats are a throwback to an era that thankfully is long since past.

“I would urge the community to ostracise those responsible and instead show their support for Officers who are working to build a society free from this type of mindless behaviour.”

The Ulster Unionist Party's Policing Board member Ross Hussey branded those behind the threats "cowards and bully boys".

Mr Hussey said: “Quite clearly the people behind this threat are nothing more than cowards who are stuck in the past and following the same failed tactics of the Provisional IRA. 

"They are so stuck in the past that they have no new ideas or tactics other than to attempt to carry forward a campaign that caused 30 years of misery and destruction and still did not break the link between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. 

“These threats are disgraceful and those responsible must be faced down and brought to book. This society has made its choice. It wants a Police Service and it wants normal policing.

"Those who would seek to threaten businesses who serve members of the PSNI are nothing more than bully boys and fascists with nothing to offer.”

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