BELFAST BASED DEBT COLLECTORS THREATENED IN ‘BANDIT COUNTRY’

Debt collectors have been warned to stay out of south Armagh

EXCLUSIVE: BELFAST-BASED debt collectors chasing money for clients have been warned: Stay out of ‘Bandit Country’.

Threatening notices have appeared on lamp posts and walls in parts of south Armagh – once dubbed ‘Bandit Country’ – warning process servers to keep out.

A recent poster erected states: NO ABSENTEE LANDLORD REPOSSESSOR’S OR THEIR AGENTS WANTED IN SOUTH ARMAGH.

Agents working for solicitors chasing uppaid debts or money owed to government agencies such HM Revenue and Customs and the Rates Collection Agency are now stepping up their personal security.

One Belfast worker, who chases debts on behalf of his clients, told the Belfast Daily that  the notices are causing alarm in the debt collection industry.

“The erection of these posters is certainly upping the ante,” said the businessman who asked not to be named.

“As well as putting up the posters, they are also recording us on video and also taking down the make, model and registration number of our cars.

“It is getting a bit scary down in south Armagh. It use to be a no go zone for the police.

“Now they are trying to make it a no go zone for people like myself who are trying to earn an honest living by collecting unpaid debts.

“We are taking wise and sensible precautions so that we don’t find ourselves in a position that we can’t get out of.

“We are always careful about when we go into areas in case our presence provokes a response.

“But these posters and the videoing of us has really spooked us.”

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