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flag fears Staff intimidated by 'sinister elements' as UDA flag flown on Derry council building

The SDLP's Cara Hunter has reported the matter to the police and it is understood contractors may have to be tasked to remove the flag

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The Deputy Mayor said when staff attempted to remove the flag they were intimidated by "sinister elements"

The Deputy Mayor said when staff attempted to remove the flag they were intimidated by "sinister elements"

The Deputy Mayor said when staff attempted to remove the flag they were intimidated by "sinister elements"

Staff at Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council have said they were intimidated when they tried to remove a UDA flag which was erected from a flagpole at the council’s headquarters in Limavady.

It’s understood the flag was put up at the building on Tuesday.

The Deputy Mayor of the council, Ashleen Schenning of the SDLP, said the staff who attempted to remove the flag last night were subjected to intimidation by “sinister elements”.

She added: “I have been contacted by people from both sides of our community and they are clear that nobody wants these flags flying.

“Council staff attempted to remove this illegal paramilitary flag from our offices last night but were prevented from doing so by sinister elements.

“Those responsible for the intimidation of public servants have nothing to offer people here and must be faced down by our community.”

It is understood contractors may be brought in to remove the flag and that the matter has been reported to the police.

East Derry MLA Cara Hunter condemned the erection of the flag.

She said: "Limavady is a shared and welcoming community. There is no place for the illegal flags of paramilitary murderers in this, or any, community.

"I have been in touch with the PSNI about this situation and have asked them to facilitate the removal of the flag which is causing immense hurt and distress to people from across our community."

Sundayworld.com has contacted the PSNI for a statement.

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