Shotgun shell found at Alliance office

Published Friday, 25 July 2014
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Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has said he will not give in to intimidation after a shotgun shell was left at his Carrick office.

The ammunition was discovered tied to the lock of the West Street building on Friday morning.

The East Antrim MLA said: "This is yet another senseless attack on the hardworking Alliance team in east Antrim and the local community, many of whom rely on the constituency services that we provide.

"There is absolutely no justification for this level of intimidation and there should be no place in our society for those who wish to spread fear and intimidation.

"Those behind this unjustifiable attack do not speak for the majority of residents in east Antrim, who want to see a peaceful future for our area and Northern Ireland as a whole.

"Clearly there are those among us who want to drag us back to the dark days of the past and I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

"The perpetrators of these acts are obviously threatened by the non-violent, non-sectarian and progressive message of the Alliance Party.

"This latest attempt to intimidate us only highlights their wish to disrupt the good work of Alliance Party representatives who are working to deliver the shared and better future that everyone in our area deserves."

This is the latest attack on the office and the party.

On Wednesday a man was spared jail after he was found to be attempting to break into a party office in Larne and last week a hoax device was left at the east Belfast constituency office of Naomi Long MP.

There has been a series of attacks on the Newtownards Road office over the past two years.

And Mr Dickson's Alliance office in Carrick was also ransacked and destroyed in an arson attack in December 2012.

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