The West Tyrone MP said:
“Any threat to community workers is an attack on the whole community.
“The people of Strabane are rightly outraged at these threats.
“The contrast between the activities of these criminal gangs masquerading as republicans and the contribution of community workers in delivering essential services to residents has not been lost on anyone.
“Those responsible for issuing this threat must state publicly that it is lifted immediately.
“These armed gangs need to leave the stage and allow people to build a better future for themselves and their families free from threat.
“People need to be able to get on with their lives without the shadow of these gangs hanging over them, who are besmirching the honourable title of republican.” ENDS/CRÍOCH