Derry Council safety staff face dissident threat

Community Safety Wardens on patrol in Derry.
Community Safety Wardens on patrol in Derry.

Dissident republicans have issued sinister threats against a number of Council employees in Derry.

Those under threat work as community safety wardens for Derry’s local authority.

The staff are managed by Derry Policing and Community Safety Partnership and deal with low level anti-social and nuisance behaviour.

It’s understood the threat was delivered via a local community worker.

There’s been widespread condemnation and calls for the threats to be lifted immediately.

Mayor Brenda Stevenson said: “This is an outrageous attack against Derry City Council staff who are working to protect and serve their local communities.

“The Council is taking the threats very seriously and taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its staff. I am, therefore, calling on those responsible to immediately lift the threat and allow these people to continue with the excellent work they are doing to serve our communities.”

Sinn Fein councillor Paul Fleming also demanded that the threat be lifted immediately.

“The threat is a sinister development and the latest in a long line of threats issued against various groups and individuals in the city and district,” he said.

“The group behind these threats needs to lift them immediately and the people who give them political cover need to explain the rationale behind them.”

The SDLP’s Shauna Cusack branded the threats “sickening”.

“I know and work with these brave, hardworking individuals personally and I cannot understand the mentality of those issuing these threats,” she said.

Deputy Mayor Gary Middleton added: “The wardens have been consistent in their duties, providing a much needed service and ensuring that our citizens feel safe. I would like to once again pledge our support to the community wardens and call on those who have issued this threat to withdraw it immediately.”

The police said it did not discuss the security of individuals.