Police in Limavady say they are aware of a Facebook page called ‘Boogy Man Limavady’.
The page - with a secondary name Rovalley Action Against Scum (sic) appeared in recent days.
As of yesterday press time, the page had 454 ‘friends’. Posts on the page have mentioned drug dealing, and the use of heroin in particular.
Community representatives in Limavady condemned the Facebook page.
A spokesperson for The Glens Community Association said: “The Facebook page is concerning because it is very sinister, especially when the profile picture on the page appears to show a photo of a masked gunman.
“If there are issues that need to be dealt with, you can’t take the law into your own hands. If that does happen, and whoever is behind this page does take the law into their own hands, it will only get worse.”
The Glens spokesperson said the Facebook page may have been set up because of recent anti social behaviour, including the misuse of fireworks. Residents have also complained about drug dealing in the area.
The Glens spokesperson added: “If people have information about those involved in anti social behaviour, take it to the police. This is not the answer.”
Sinn Fein Councillor Brenda Chivers said: “I totally condemn the page, and anyone who sees it should report it. This isn’t the way to deal with any problems. You let the proper authorities know and the PSNI and the courts will deal with such issues and, of course we do have to say, you are innocent until proven guilty. I would caution anyone contributing to the page as they are putting themselves at risk.”
A PSNI spokesperson said: “We are aware of a number of social media posts that have made serious allegations against individuals in the Limavady area and have spoken to some of those who have placed posts. Most posts do not create any harm; others may be upsetting or distasteful or express an unpopular view, but are not necessarily criminal.
“A number of categories of post may face prosecution. These include: credible threats to a person’s life or safety or property; communications targeting specific individuals, including persistent harassment and ongoing abuse; breach of court orders, for example identifying people protected by law; and communications which are grossly offensive, indecent, obscene or false.”
Police warn if they consider a message or post “to be potentially criminal, we will take appropriate action”.
“This could involve arrest and bringing a prosecution,” added the PSNI spokesperson.