Victims’ spokesman Willie Frazer has revealed police are taking a “recent intelligence-led death threat against me from republicans more seriously than any other one before”.
The defiant 53-year-old, who was informed about the threat on Wednesday evening – after he returned from the Shankill bomb commemoration – said: “I get telephone call threats all the time, but this one is being treated differently.
“This is serious. The police were around the house all Wednesday night, Thursday night, Friday night and last night.
“They are close by during the day as well, and if I see anything suspicious at all I have to call them immediately. They are not taking any chances.”
The father-of-one from Markethill, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, said the police would not tell him where the threat emanated from other than “usual sources”.
However, UUP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Danny Kennedy, last night said that after talking to the PSNI he “believed it was a threat from republican elements”.
“I am strongly concerned for his welfare and have spoken to him about this,” added Mr Kennedy.
A PSNI spokesman said: “We do not comment on the security of any individual.”
Mr Frazer, who is awaiting trial for alleged offences linked to Union Flag protests, said when he received the news of the latest threat his wife Anne was with him.
“She didn’t like it and of course it annoys her,” he said. “But it shows that what I am doing is hitting a nerve. I don’t know what sparked it off this time.
“It could be related to the Shankill bomb anniversary, the Begley commemoration and me accompanying Michelle Williamson up to the Sinn Fein offices with a letter for the Begley parents.
“Or it could be related to something completely different. People need to realise that the ones who need to move on here are not the innocent Catholics and Protestant, it is the republicans. They are the people who cannot move on.
“The only thing that concerns me is that I am not allowed to be told what direction this threat is coming from, whether it is republicans in south Armagh or republicans in Belfast. But they are not putting me off. I went to Cullyhanna at the weekend and into Crossmaglen to let them know I don’t give two stuffs.
“Over the last 40 years I have got many threats, but I have never seen the level of police that I have in the last few days. I appreciate that police are doing that, but I don’t want to see any of them injured either.”