SINN FEIN TARGETED BY PORN HOAXER - POLICE INVESTIGATE

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THE PSNI has launched an investigation into a series of depraved pornographic videos uploaded online targeting Sinn Fein and individual representatives.

The MAIL can reveal that over 40 videos posted on video sharing website YouTube are at the crux of a police investigation after concerns were raised over their source.

The twisted video images attack councillors, MLAs and MPs as well as republican commemorations, events, and the Catholic church, and are infused with shocking pornographic content too disturbing to report in a family newspaper.

The videos, all of which have a similar style, have been uploaded by three different accounts, but are thought to be coming from the one source, who began the outrageous campaign against the all-Ireland party earlier this year. The most recent video was uploaded last week.

The videos have been viewed more than 4,000 times, with the most recent account created on August 15th with 18 videos that have been viewed almost 400 times by YouTube users.

Cookstown is one of 11 party areas targeted, as well as Ardoyne, Castlewellan, Belfast, Dungiven, Crossmaglen and Downpatrick.

A video entitled ‘Cookstown Sinn Fein’ depicts a grainy picture of a councillor, not from this area, and a caption underneath which reads: ‘Sinn Fein struggles to recover credibility following the St Patricks Day Parade PR disaster’.

A 30 second long clip of pornography to the sound of Irish folk music then plays.

In another clip, entitled Ardoyne Sinn Fein, a perverse photoshopped picture of republican prisoner Marian Price, along with a vulgar reference, is depicted. Fermanagh MP Michelle Gildernew is also targeted in a similar fashion by the perverted hoaxer.

Senior members of the party have already met with police on the issue after unsuccessful attempts to have the videos removed from the website.

Speaking to the MAIL about the videos, Sinn Fein councillor for the Magherafelt area Sean McPeake said the depraved online posts were being treated as a serious matter, and emphasised that the offensive material had nothing to do with the party.

“Over the past few months several posts have appeared on You Tube using the Sinn Féin name. Many of these videos have contained pornography or are offensive and the party has attempted to have them removed,” he said.

“A senior member of the party has met with the PSNI and the PSNI are looking into the matter as well as complaining to You Tube,” said councillor McPeake.

“The party takes these attempts to use the Sinn Féin name in an offensive way very serious and will report anyone to the PSNI who is found to have used the name in this way.”