West Tyrone MP reports online ‘death threat’

Police are investigating a social media ‘death threat’ made to West Tyrone MP Barry McElduff.

The message directed on Facebook appeared from a male on Sunday morning.

The man has a profile picture on his Facebook showing an individual wearing an RIR uniform outside Buckingham Palace in London.


The message that Mr McElduff described as “sinister” appeared after he uploaded a video to support a weekend Republican commemoration in Strabane.

The message, read, “A nice bit of lead would do you wonders – let’s hope it’s soon.”

The Sinn Féin MP said, “I made contact with the PSNI regarding the comment.

They are in turn consulting with the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to see whether it is a hate crime, a hate incident, harassment or a death threat. To most people it comes across as a death threat.”

Mr McElduff has previously received threats to his constituency office in Omagh by phone.

He added, “This is the first online threat I have received. I am taking this seriously.

“Online abuse including threats must not become a social norm or something that has to be accepted.”


A PSNI spokesman said police “do not discuss the security of individuals”.

He added, “If we receive information that a person’s life may be at risk we will inform them accordingly.

“We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk.”


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