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Five politicians receive bullets in post

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Five of Northern Ireland’s politicians have received bullets in the post.

Three Alliance members and two Sinn Fein MLAs have been subjected to the death threats.

It is understood five envelopes were delivered to Stormont and intercepted by security staff.

The bullets were sent to Naomi Long, David Ford, Larne councillor Gerardine Mulvenna, and Sinn Fein representatives Alex Maskey and Gerry Kelly.

Police said they are currently investigating the packages.

Following the Belfast City council vote to limit the flying of the Union Flag from the city hall to designated days, Naomi Long received a death threat telling her not to stay in her home or visit her constituency office in East Belfast.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly also received a threat, followed by Health Minister Edwin Poots and DUP MP Jeffrey Donaldson.

Last week a man appeared in court following a death threat made to First Minister Peter Robinson. It was revealed the man had been drinking at the time, and was later remanded in custody.

 

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