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Concerns after names of people in Co Tyrone accused of drug dealing posted online

The house in the Coolnafranky area of Cookstown where two people have died in recent months has been boarded up
Connla Young

CONCERNS have been raised after the names of several people alleged to be drug dealers in Co Tyrone were posted on social media.

The names and photographs were listed on a Facebook page in the past week.

The page is operated by a small group calling itself Continuity Sinn Féin, which broke away from Republican Sinn Féin several years ago.

It is understood that graffiti referring to drug dealers has also been scrawled on a wall in Cookstown in recent days.

The development comes after a spate of sudden deaths in the Mid-Ulster area in recent months.

Political representatives voiced concern about the development. Mid Ulster SDLP assembly member Patsy McGlone last night said he has arranged a meeting with senior police officers to discuss recent events in the area.

Sinn Féin councillor John McNamee said he was alarmed by the move and said that the naming of people is “dangerous”.

“Anyone who has information about people involved in this should be bringing it to the police,” he said.

“They should be going through those channels. There’s no room for vigilantism.”

A spokesman for the PSNI said: “Police are aware of a number of social media posts, however, we do not discuss the security of individuals and no inference should be drawn from this.

“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.”

Meanwhile, the property where a young woman died in Cookstown, has reportedly been vacated and boarded up.

The Housing Executive has not commented on why the property has been vacated.

Aine Campbell (26) died suddenly at the house last Monday, October 1.

It is not known how Ms Campbell died. A candle-lit vigil in her memory was held in Cookstown last weekend.

She was the second person to die in the Coolnafranky Park property in recent months.

In June 36-year-old Liam Campbell, no relation, also died at the same property.

A day after his death another man, Gary McCabe, died at a house in Dungannon.

In May Mark Hay (34) died at a house in Moneymore, Co Derry.

In October 2016 Amy Reid, who came from Coolnafranky Park in Cookstown is believed to have died after attending a party at a flat in Coagh, Co Tyrone.

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