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PSNI slams leaflet threat to 'drug dealers'

Police have hit out at leaflets threatening alleged drug dealers sent to homes in Belfast
Police have hit out at leaflets threatening alleged drug dealers sent to homes in Belfast
Andrew Madden

By Andrew Madden

Police have hit out at leaflets threatening alleged drug dealers 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."

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 contain 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."

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