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Tuesday, 15 January, 2002, 11:58 GMT
Republicans threaten M&S workers
INLA threat has followed threats from the UDA
INLA threat has followed threats from the UDA
A Marks & Spencer distribution centre has received a call from republican paramilitaries threatening its Protestant staff.

The Hyde Park centre at Mallusk in Newtownabbey received the threat from the Irish National Liberation Army in a recorded telephone message on Monday evening.

The police said they were increasing the number of patrols in the area in response to the threats.

Marks & Spencer said it was currently reviewing its own security procedures at the centre.

UDA threats

The threat from the INLA has been made after the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Defence Association issued a death threat against all Catholic postal workers in which it said they were "legitimate targets".

The UDA made the threat after it murdered a 20-year-old Catholic postman Danny McColgan, as he arrived for work at the sorting office in the loyalist Rathcoole estate in Newtownabbey on Saturday morning.

On Friday the UDA also issued a threat against Catholic teachers in north Belfast, following last week's rioting, attacks on both Catholic and Protestant schools and renewed trouble at Holy Cross Girls' Primary School in Ardoyne.

The UDA's ceasefire was declared over by Northern Ireland Secretary John Reid last October.

However, the INLA claims to be maintaining its ceasefire.

Both groups benefited from the 1998 Good Friday Agreement when many of their members were given early release from prison.

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