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Attack on Adair family 'a warning not to come back home'

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<!-- Enter image here -->  <font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Gina Adair was unhurt in the Bolton shooting</font>

<!-- Enter image here --> <font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Gina Adair was unhurt in the Bolton shooting</font>

<!-- Enter image here --> <font face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif" size="2">Gina Adair was unhurt in the Bolton shooting</font>

THE gun attack on the home of jailed loyalist Johnny Adair's exiled family was a warning to them not to come back to Northern Ireland, loyalist sources claimed today.

About five gunshots were fired just before 2am through a window at the back of the privately rented terraced house in Bolton, Greater Manchester, where Adair's wife Gina and other relatives are staying.

No-one was injured in the shooting.

Greater Manchester police described the attack as an "isolated incident", but said extra officers would be patrolling the area.

The UFF, claiming responsibility for the attack in a statement issued yesterday afternoon, said: "Action will be taken against anyone providing guns or a safe haven for these outcasts."

Adair's wife and children fled to Scotland in February after their home in the Lower Shankill area was attacked following the shooting of UDA commander John Gregg by Adair's supporters. They later moved to Greater Manchester.

Members of Adair's family and some of his associates are said to have returned to the province for brief periods since.

Loyalist sources said the gun attack was intended as a warning that they were not welcome back.

"If they stay there and don't come back and don't get in people's way, then there is a chance that things might blow over," one source said.

The statement added: "As a result of an ongoing investigation into the murder of John Gregg, Robert Carson and other criminal activities by Adair and his associates, last night an active service unit of the Ulster Freedom Fighters attempted to oust members of the Adair faction in Bolton, England.

"At the same time, another section of the same faction were moved from the Shankill area. As the investigation continues and more evidence is uncovered, action will be taken against anyone providing guns or a safe haven for these outcasts. They will be moved on wherever they are."

Shankill pastor Jack McKee said he was not aware that individuals had been recently forced out of the Shankill area.

"There are still concerns within the present UDA leadership that there are certain people in the Lower Shankill who are still in touch with those who left," he said.


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