Mayor of Derry Cllr Brenda Stevenson has said the threat against the City Council’s Community Safety Warden staff should be “widely condemned.”
Mayor Stevenson described the threat as “an outrageous attack against Derry City Council staff who are working to protect and serve their local communities.”
Calling on community groups, trade unions and the wider public to pledge their opposition to the threats, the Mayor said it was imperative that there was widespread opposition to the intimidation from across all sections of the community.
She commented: “The Community Safety Warden Scheme is a hugely vital service provided by Derry City Council to protect vulnerable people and communities living in fear of crime.
“They have been successfully addressing issues of low level anti- social and nuisance behaviour across a number of areas in the urban and rural areas of Derry City Council.
“The Council is taking the threats very seriously and taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of its staff.”
She concluded: “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,”
Cllr Gerard Diver, the SDLP group leader on Derry City Council Gerard Diver, said the threat was “wholly unjustifiable.”
He said: “The community safety wardens are council employees who work hard daily, often in difficult circumstances, providing a vital service to our local communities by making them safer for all our citizens, young and old.
“Any threat made against them is wholly unjustifiable and should be condemned outright by every right-thinking person in our city and district, and should also be withdrawn immediately.”