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Why did it take so long for Chief Constable to say UVF behind East Belfast shooting? - Sheehan

5 December, 2013 - by Pat Sheehan

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Policing Board Pat Sheehan has questioned the Chief Constable as to why it took so long for the PSNI to state that the UVF were behind the shooting of Jemma McGrath.

This follows the presentation of a letter to the Policing Board today in which Matt Baggot states the UVF were responsible for the shooting over nine weeks after the incident.

Speaking today Mr Sheehan said:

“The Chief Constable Matt Baggot has at today’s’ Policing Board, over nine weeks after the shooting of Jemma McGrath, presented a letter to state that the UVF were behind this attack.

“The question everyone will be asking is why this took so long and why confuse the situation by saying that it may have been without sanction. “For the past number of years the UVF have been active in attacking the Short Strand, orchestrating violence surrounding the flag protests across the North, drug dealing and numerous shooting incidents in Belfast and Coleraine in particular.  Are all these incidents “without sanction”?

“This is not members acting in an individual capacity yet we have had very few arrests for those involved in the activities of the UVF.”

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