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Carrickfergus loyalist dispute has cost £1.6m to police

Published 01/12/2016

Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police deal with disturbances in Carrickfergus
Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Credit - Kevin Scott / Presseye Carrickfergus, UK - July 02 , Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

A PSNI commander has called for mediation to resolve a bitter dispute in a loyalist estate in Carrickfergus that has so far cost £1.6 million to police.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said police were extremely concerned about the situation in the Castlemara estate.

He said the dispute involved the South East Antrim UDA and a local family.

The officer said nine people had been charged in relation to the situation since May.

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Mr Martin said the South East Antrim UDA was a sizeable organisation comprising "several hundred" members.

He said a police presence was required in the estate on a daily basis - something that was draining funds and diverting resources from other priorities.

Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 (File photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police officers in riot gear deal with overnight disturbances in the Woodburn and the Castlemara estates in Carrickfergus on July 02, 2016 (File photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

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