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Five arrested in PSNI north Down UDA raids

Searches carried out as part of an operation centred on criminal activities of UDA.
Searches carried out as part of an operation centred on criminal activities of UDA.

Five people were arrested after a series of raids by police investigating the UDA's west Belfast faction.

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) swooped on properties in the Bangor and Newtownards areas of Co Down.

Four men aged 46, 35, 33 and 33 were arrested.

A 35-year-old woman was also arrested and later street bailed pending further investigation.

A suspected quantity of Class B drugs, mobile phones and documentation were seized for forensic examination.

Detective Chief Inspector Cummings said: “West Belfast UDA is a priority for the PCTF due to the breadth of their criminality and the harm that they cause to the local community.

"Paramilitaries claim to protect local people but in reality they exploit them by supplying illegal drugs and using violence to try and control their markets.

“Working with our partners and communities we are committed to tackling the criminality of these groups . Anyone with any information no matter how trivial they may think it is, should  bring that to police on 101 or to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

On Monday night, police released three of the men unconditionally. A 33-year-old remained in police custody.

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