Belfast Telegraph

Man arrested over supplying unlicensed door staff by police investigating East Belfast UVF released on bail

A 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of supplying unlicensed door staff by police investigating criminality linked to the East Belfast UVF has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Officers from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) supported by the Security Industry Authority (SIA) conducted a search and arrest operation in Ards and North Down on Thursday.

The arrest was made following searches at two residential addresses in Bangor and Donaghadee, as well as an office premises in Newtownards.

He was arrested under the Private Security Industry Act 2001 and has been taken to Musgrave Police Station for questioning but has since been released pending further enquiries.

A number of items were seized during the searches, including a BB gun, a number of laptops, documents, camouflage clothing and an iPad.

Detective Superintendent Bobby Singleton said: "The PSNI works closely with the SIA on a range of initiatives to ensure the public are kept safe by assuring that security staff are correctly licensed. 

"This is important work as the public are exposed to door staff when, at times, they are at their most vulnerable through the consumption of alcohol or drugs.

“The PCTF is determined to disrupt and frustrate any criminal activities linked to paramilitaries. And we will continue to be relentless in delivering our contribution in working towards creating the environment in which a culture of lawfulness can thrive across all our communities.

“There is no hiding place for paramilitaries or criminality linked to them as they destroy people’s lives and harm the very communities they claim to be defenders of."

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