Threats against businesses who serve police officers condemned

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The Police Federation for Northern Ireland has condemned attempts to intimidate businesses in County Londonderry.

It follows a statement issued to local media, purportedly on behalf of the dissident republican group Óglaigh na hÉireann, threatening firms who serve members of the police.

Óglaigh na hÉireann claimed they shot a 22-year-old man in the leg in Dungiven last Wednesday night.

A PFNI spokesperson said: “The actions of some misguided and small-minded individuals are reprehensible, and should stop immediately. They are shunned by the vast majority of people who want to get on with their lives.

“Officers are every bit a part of the community as are the local businesses on the receiving end of these threats.

“This won’t prevent officers from doing their work on behalf of the entire community. Those behind the threats are a throwback to an era that thankfully is long since past.

“I would urge the community to ostracise those responsible and instead show their support for officers who are working to build a society free from this type of mindless behaviour.”