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Police won't act on UVF beating, says campaigner

By Liam Clarke

The issue of UVF assaults on Protestants is to be raised at the Policing Board by Sinn Fein, according to victims campaigner Raymond McCord.

Mr McCord said the DUP would also be raising the subject with the Chief Constable after the recent beating of 23-year-old James Kelly on the Shankill Road.

Mr Kelly's uncle Bobby Moffett was killed by the UVF in May 2010.

He was speaking after a meeting with First Minister Peter Robinson and earlier with Mitchel McLaughlin of Sinn Fein.

The police have not linked Mr Kelly's assault to the terror group, but Mr McCord - whose son Raymond was murdered by the UVF in 1997 - believes they are responsible.

"The attackers have been identified by witnesses, but the police won't act. I have no doubt informers were involved," he alleged, claiming that the UVF effectively policed the Shankill.

"Who would have thought the day would come when Protestant people would have to make representations to a unionist first minister to get protection from the UVF, not the IRA or dissidents?" he added.

A DUP spokesman said that Mr Robinson had been glad to meet Mr McCord and that the party "unequivocally condemns all violence" regardless of the perpetrator.

He added that on Monday the DUP had held a meeting with the police to discuss the attack on James Kelly, the attempted murder of a soldier by dissident republicans and car hijackings.

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