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Vigilantes 'damaging city image'

Inspector Jon Burrows
Inspector Jon Burrows has vowed to take on RAAD

Vigilante groups like Republican Action Against Drugs are damaging Londonderry's image, a police inspector has said.

Inspector Jon Burrows spoke out after a photograph in the Derry Journal showed masked men holding two "prisoners" they allege are drug dealers.

He said it was a publicity stunt, and the police were the only people who could deal with crime.

"If you hold a gun to my head I'd confess to anything you want," he said.

"We have people blindfolded and held at gunpoint and we're told they've confessed to drug dealing?

"The difference between how this organisation operates and how the PSNI operates is in such a clear contrast," he said.

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