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LIFT DEATH THREAT ON TEACHERS AND POSTIES; Trimble's plea to terrorists.

Byline: JOE ROBERTS

DAVID Trimble and Mark Durkan last night called on loyalist terrorists to lift their death threats against teachers and postal workers.

The First Minister and Deputy First Minister spoke out after the murder of postman Daniel McColgan.

They said: "The recent threats made by loyalist paramilitaries against Catholic postal workers and teachers, especially those working in north, should be withdrawn immediately.

"Workers should be able to earn a living free from any form of attack or intimidation.

"Schools should be a haven for children, a place where they can learn and understand more about the importance of tolerance and respect for others."

Police will today mount a huge security operation at dozens of schools in North Belfast to protect teachers. Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan said his officers would be taking "very clear steps" to make sure teachers and children got to school safely.

He added: "That will include very high-profile operations in the vicinity of schools and it will include working very closely with head teachers and people in the community to try to do everything we can to try to ensure everything passes off safely."

Education Minister Martin McGuinness announced last night that he has convened a meeting today to discuss what he called "the unacceptable threat against teachers and school staff" as well as other issues in North Belfast.

The Red Hand Defenders last week threatened that Catholic teachers and school staff were "legitimate targets".

Last night a mobile classroom at St Patrick's High School in Lisburn was destroyed in a firebomb attack.

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