February 3, 2021
PSNI have serious questions to answer on UVF mob – Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has said the PSNI has serious questions to answer about intimidation in East Belfast by a UVF mob.

The Sinn Féin spokesperson on policing said:

“This week we have seen loyalist paramilitaries attempting to exploit tensions around Brexit to advance their regressive, racist and sectarian politics, as well as to exert control in communities.

“Yesterday afternoon, footage emerged of a group of 40 men linked to the UVF patrolling the streets of East Belfast.

“The PSNI attended the scene while the UVF mob were still roaming the community and made minimal efforts to intervene.

“It has been reported that the mob were preparing to attack a home and instead of challenging those involved the PSNI merely shepherded the gang out of the area.

“Throughout the duration of yesterday, the East Belfast UVF forced several families out of their homes and into refuge at a local community centre. 

“The community centre, which provides services and meals to local residents, has now also been forced to close today following threats made towards staff.

“Meaningful intervention and action from PSNI in the early stages of this UVF ‘show of strength’ could have prevented this escalation of events.

“The PSNI has serious questions to answer over its inadequate response to the initial incident in the Pitt Park area.

“Criminal gangs have no place in our society and I will call for urgent action to be taken by the PSNI in the upcoming Policing Board meeting to end the scourge of paramilitaries in communities.”

Follow us online

Latest Tweets

In 2017 Simon Harris promised that no child would wait over 4 months for scoliosis-related surgery.

This promise was broken and waiting lists have worsened.

Children deserve better. It's time for change. - @davidcullinane

#TonightVMTV

Every woman and girl deserves to enjoy their life free from misogyny and violence.

We are bringing a motion to the Assembly to make the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy a priority for all parties.

I am determined to work together with everyone to ensure that all women…

At the Farmers’ Market in Carrick-on-Shannon today. Lovely local products and fantastic people.

I even got a verse of “Hello Mary Lou” before I left 😃

Fermanagh’s own Superintendent Ted Hastings cannot make it to the @WestvilleHotel Hotel tonight, but he is urging you to come along!

Registration is still opened here; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fermanagh-peoples-assembly-tickets-796880810957

📍Westville Hotel, Enniskillen
🕖7pm
📆22nd Feb

Come along and have your say 🗣️

Load More