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Police escort duo to safety from Bangor UDA mob - reports

Police had to escort a man and woman to safety from a UDA mob in Bangor, Co Down, The Irish News has reported.

On Tuesday night police responded to a report of intimidation in the Balmoral Avenue area of the seaside town.

Inspector Jonathan Francey said: "Just before 11pm, police received a report of shouting by men in two vehicles who had driven past a house.

"Police attended and a number of men left the area in cars. Police escorted a man and woman from the house to another address that they were going to stay at that night.

"The cars and men were later searched in the Bangor and Holywood areas but nothing untoward was found.

"A 49-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of disorderly behaviour but was later de-arrested pending a report to the PPS.

"Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to contact Newtownards Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1186 10/01/17. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

On Thursday The Irish News reported that the incident was linked to a UDA feud in the town.

It reported that the man given the police escort was Kevin 'Muscles' McCall, a former associate of self-confessed UDA commander Dee Stitt.

Last year questions were raised over Mr Stitt's role with east Belfast ex-prisoners' charity Charter NI after it was awarded £1.7million in public funds. Chief executive Stitt then appeared in an interview with The Guardian in which he described his North Down Defenders flute band as "homeland security" protecting his territory "from anybody".

Mr Stitt later apologised to the Charter NI board and received a final written warning for the remarks.

Mr Stitt has said his paramilitary involvements are in his past.

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