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Kelly tells PSNI it must do more to tackle criminal activities of East Belfast UVF

30 January, 2019 - by Gerry Kelly

A Sinn Féin delegation, including the party’s Policing Spokesperson Gerry Kelly MLA and Councillors JJ Magee and Claire Canavan, met with senior members of the PSNI and raised the murder of East Belfast man Ian Ogle and ongoing UVF criminality.

After the meeting North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly said:

“We met today with senior police officers, including the head of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.

“Sinn Féin condemned unreservedly Sunday’s brutal murder of East Belfast man Ian Ogle.

“We called for appropriate arrangements to be put in place to ensure the safety of other members of this man’s family, which has the target of intimidation over a long period of time by people linked to the UVF.

“The PSNI must do all in its power to wind up the UVF and other armed gangs, which have been involved in murder, pipe bombings, intimidation, arson, drug dealing and extortion over recent years. 

“I said the PSNI must do more to tackle these gangs and other armed groups.

“We were told by police that the activities of the East Belfast UVF is one of a number of priority investigations for the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.

“The murder of Ian Ogle is the latest in a line of attacks carried out by loyalist paramilitaries. 

“That is wrong. It is unacceptable.

"There is also a huge responsibility on political leadership to challenge the very existence of these paramilitary groups more than 20 years after the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.

“These organisations are a scourge on many communities. The violence, intimidation, extortion and drug dealing they are involved in needs to be confronted and condemned at every turn.

“The leaderships of  political unionism should be unequivocal in calling for the UVF and other paramilitary groups to disband immediately.”

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