Teen targeted in poster campaign

By Evan Short

Dissident republicans are thought to be behind the leafleting campaign targeting a teenager from the Cliftonville area who they accuse of being involved in anti social behaviour and criminal acts.

The poster, distributed anonymously, identifies the 18-year-old and accuses him of being involved in the recent robbery of a taxi driver.

The North Belfast News understands the teen in question is considered vulnerable and has come to the attention of the authorities in the past.

The posters were delivered to taxi depots across North Belfast in the wake of the alleged incident.

One taxi driver, who did not want to be identified, said the posters appeared overnight.

“I only saw it when I went into my depot and I have no idea who was behind it but everyone’s talking about it.”

The North Belfast News approached the family of the teenager in question but they declined to speak.

Dissident republicans have been behind a number of attacks in recent weeks, with ONH claiming responsibility for the burning of the Corner House bar on the Oldpark Road on April 2.

It remains unclear as to which group was responsible for the poster campaign however, with a number of dissident gangs operating in the area.

 

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