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Ballygawley Roundabout Twitter account closes itself down in solidarity with politicians targeted by violence and abuse

The Ballygawley Roundabout Twitter account has pledged to close itself down

A POPULAR anonymous Twitter account set-up ahead of last month's All-Ireland final has pledged to close itself down.

The Ballygwaley Roundabout account – @BallygawleyLtd – celebrates the Tyrone landmark in a tongue-in-cheek manner but has spoken out in the wake of MP David Amess's murder and online abuse targeting Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon.

"We think anonymous twitter should end," the account posted yesterday, highlighting the slain MP's killing and the "absolutely disgusting behaviour towards" the SDLP deputy leader and others.

It said the incidents had "made us question the value in this account and anonymous accounts in general".

"Obviously this account has been made from a place of love and we find the activity over the past few days to be abhorrent and we feel a stand needs to be taken," the account said.

"As such we feel that a stand needs to be taken."

It said anonymous accounts "need to go" and that the Ballygawley Roundabout would be leaving Twitter later this week.

"Ballygawley is still an amazing place, you should all visit and hopefully, but losing out on this epic twitter account, it will make at least one anonymous hate spouter rethink their actions," the account posted.

The news was greeted with disappointment.

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