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‘Paramilitary threat’ to Ballycastle benefit claimants in Ballymoney

The threat received by Cllr Padraig McShane . Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

The threat received by Cllr Padraig McShane . Pic Steven McAuley/Kevin McAuley Photography Multimedia

A Moyle councillor has called for the introduction of social services to Ballycastle after claiming he received a letter threatening those from the town who had to travel to Ballymoney to claim their benefits.

Independent councillor Padraig McShane claimed the letter – which he said he passed to the police – was etched in stencil and signed the Glebe UVF.

“Both the PSNI and the benefits office in Ballymoney have a duty of care regarding the safety of individuals attending for essential social services,” said Mr McShane.

“It is long past the time these services were provided in Ballycastle. No logically compelling reason exists that prevents a part-time service to exist to enhance the life chances of the residents of Ballycastle.”

A spokesman for the Department of Social Development said: “Any threats are a matter for the PSNI.”

A PSNI spokesman said: “We do not discuss threats or the security of any individual or group.

“Where information is received, appropriate steps are taken to inform those concerned. We never ignore anything that would put a person at risk.”

 

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