Concern over drug allegation graffiti

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A Derry MLA has expressed concern over graffiti in the city which purports to name people involved in the drugs trade.

“I am calling on those responsible for this vandalism to stop immediately,” SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey says.

“ No-one in this community has the right nor the power to hand down judgement on anyone who they say may be involved in crime.”

Mr Ramsey says he has been contacted by a number of people who have been targeted by the graffiti.

The MLA says those responsible are “sinister elements within the community with an agenda.”

“It is absolutely appalling to me and the wider community that any individual or group for that matter, would think they have some form of summary justice power where they can name individuals and seek to relate them to crime. The only system that can or should be involved where a crime - alleged or otherwise - has taken place, is the criminal justice system,” he says.

“It would fit the people who are seeking to blacken the name of individuals better if they put their money where their paint brushes are, and spoke to the police, and stood in front of a judge and jury to testify against people they accuse of crimes - otherwise, they should wise up.”