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Anonymous social media posts on alleged drug dealing and criminality labelled ‘irresponsible’

'It is up to the police and the justice system to deal with such crimes and everyone is entitled to due process before the law'

Alleged drug dealers and incidents surrounding the trade in illegal substances in south Armagh are being featured in anonymous social media posts.

And people are being urged not to share information from such posts.

Indeed, Newry and Armagh MP Mickey Brady has said anyone with information on drug dealing and criminality “should bring it forward to the PSNI rather than making irresponsible anonymous social media posts”.

He added: “Such posts, which have been widely shared and make broad sweeping allegations about involvement in the drug trade, are irresponsible.

“This is not the way to deal with such a serious issue which is blighting communities and causing serious harm.

“It is up to the police and the justice system to deal with such crimes and everyone is entitled to due process before the law.

“I would ask people not to share these posts and if anyone has any information or evidence of drug dealing or any crime, they should bring it forward to the PSNI.”

The Irish News have reported how solicitor Darragh Mackin, of Phoenix Law, has written to Facebook demanding details the page used to post the damaging claims against his south Armagh client.

These include registration details, the IP address from which the account was accessed, the search history, a copy of direct private messages exchanged regarding his client and the Facebook activity log for the user in question.

The newspaper further reports how the social media giant has been given seven days to respond or an application will be made to the court.

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