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Social media post in Omagh sparks racism and threats

RACIST abuse and threats of violence have been made against a man in Omagh whose image has appeared on a social media page alongside claims he is responsible for a litany of crimes, allegations which have not been backed up by the PSNI.

Hundreds of people have responded to the Facebook post saying that the man – believed to be a foreign national – had been spotted begging in the town centre.

However, a number of comments have also linked the man to more serious crime, including recent muggings in Campsie and the Hospital Road, the latter of which involved a knife.

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The original post – which has been shared over 750 times – stated, “This is the man police are looking for in connection with a number of incidents involving theft over the last few days in various shops around Omagh. Please be on the look out and stay safe.”

When the Tyrone Herald contacted the PSNI, they confirmed they did not issue the photograph of the man or make any appeal in relation to thefts from shops in Omagh.

Despite the blatant threats and the identification of a person who may be wrongly accused of crimes he did not commit, a police spokesperson said, “Police are aware of a post on Facebook. No crime has been committed therefore we have nothing further to add.”

“Knee capped wouldn’t do any harm,” said one person. Some of the racist abuse included, “Vermin. Should deport the f****r” and “These people are poisoning every country and prowl on the vulnerable”.

Read the full story in this week’s Tyrone Herald.

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