UVF must withdraw threats - Kelly
Sinn Féin MLA and policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly MLA has called for the UVF to publicly withdraw the threats made to Catholic families living in Cantrell Close in East Belfast and for the PSNI to bring those involved to justice.
This follows the PSNI Chief Constable stating that he believes it was the UVF who were responsible for the issuing of these sectarian threats.
Speaking today Mr Kelly said:
“The Chief Constable has now confirmed what was well known locally, that the UVF was involved in the intimidation of four Catholic families from homes in Cantrell Close in East Belfast.
“These families have had to leave their homes under threat.
“What is needed now is for the UVF to publicly withdraw these threats immediately and desist from this sectarian campaign.
“It is 2017. The UVF continues to be involved in murder, racketeering, extortion, drug dealing and issuing sectarian threats. They have no other purpose than to serve their own ends.
“The people involved in this intimidation need to be brought before the courts and we will continue to press the PSNI to bring charges against those involved.
“All parties must use whatever level of influence they have to ensure that paramilitary groups disband and allow our communities to move forward.”