Concerns have been raised over the threat posed by loyalist paramilitaries to elected representatives in Derry after a bullet was sent in the post to a member of a neighbouring council.

It comes after police contacted an independent councillor who sits on Causeway Coast and Glens council after a bullet was intercepted in the post.

It is believed the bullet, which was detected at a Royal Mail sorting office, was addressed to the independent councillor Padraig McShane at Causeway Coast and Glens council.

In 2014 his family home in Ballycastle was targeted by arsonists in an attack blamed on the UDA.

The independent Derry councillor Gary Donnelly has now raised concerns over the safety of local elected representative in the wake of the incident.

Speaking at Thursday afternoon’s meeting of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Audit, Assurance, and Risk Committee, where he described as a ‘worrying development’.

“Are local councillors now fair game for loyalists?” he said.

“Councillors here should be alarmed by this sinister development.”

He then called on council to take the incident into account in terms of the personal safety of its members.

Responding, Denise McDonnell, Risk and Assurance Officer with the council, told the meeting that such an issue would ‘not be the responsibility’ of the audit committee.

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