Six arrested as PSNI target loyalist paramilitaries

Police have made six arrests in early-morning raids targeting loyalist paramilitaries in Belfast.

Friday, 22nd March 2019, 9:25 am
Updated Friday, 22nd March 2019, 10:01 am
Six people have been arrested in a major operation into the criminal activities of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in east Belfast
Six people have been arrested in a major operation into the criminal activities of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in east Belfast

The PSNI carried out six searches in what it described as a “significant operation” in a probe into the criminal activities of the East Belfast Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF).

The raids were undertaken by the PSNI’s specialist Paramilitary Crime Task Force.

The organisation posted an image on Twitter on Friday morning showing armoured vehicles parked in a residential area.

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Six people have been arrested in a major operation into the criminal activities of the Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) in east Belfast

Officers said the operation was focused on the greater Belfast area.

A PSNI statement said: “Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force are conducting a significant operation in the Greater Belfast area into the criminal activities of East Belfast UVF.”

Paramilitary-style attacks are still being inflicted on both republican and loyalist areas