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‘PSNI must deliver on UVF crackdown vow’ - Kelly

16 July, 2019 - by Gerry Kelly


The PSNI must follow through on its pledge to crack down on the UVF with all its powers, Sinn Féin Policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly has said.

The North Belfast MLA was commenting following claims that the PSNI met with the leader of the East Belfast UVF over an illegal eleventh night bonfire at Avoniel Leisure Centre.

Gerry Kelly said: “The East Belfast UVF were heavily involved in the Avoniel bonfire. It is a crime gang involved in everything from drug-dealing, racketeering, sexual assault and murder so it is not some kind of cultural or community organisation. It needs to be put out of business and the new PSNI Chief Constable vowed to do precisely that when he came into the job.

“Simon Byrne was clear that the UVF would not be tolerated and that the PSNI would go after them with all of their powers.

“Those words need to be followed by action because the East Belfast UVF is a scourge on communities. People don’t want to see the PSNI sitting down and doing meetings with the UVF, they want to see them taken off the streets and put before the courts.”

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