Police pressed on upsurge in UDA activity
Sinn Féin has met with the Mid and East Antrim Area Commander of the PSNI to press for further arrests after recent UDA activity in the area. The delegation included MLAs Daithí McKay and Oliver McMullan as well as local Councillors Paul Maguire, Patrice Hardy and James McKeown.
Following the meeting Daithí McKay said;
"There has clearly been a worrying increase in UDA activity in Counties Derry and Antrim recently that have included a number of violent attacks and a murder in Ballymoney.
"This needs to be a priority for the police in this area and the public needs to see arrests and more importantly charges being brought to reassure them.
"We also raised with the district commander the need for him to tackle drug dealing in our urban and indeed rural communities. Class A drugs can destroy entire families, entire communities and we need to see those involved in this activity, especially those higher up the supply chain, being taken off the streets."
Bannside councillor Patrice Hardy added.
"The community in Ahoghill are still in shock at the pipe bomb attack that took place there.
"Those involved in this need to be brought to book and we need to see the police getting a result in this regard.
"There have been a number of attacks in Ahoghill in recent years and the only effective way of discouraging them is ensuring that those perpetrating these attacks are charged and subsequently given appropriate sentences by the courts."