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Disruption: Cars set alight in the loyalist Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey at the weekend

Disruption: Cars set alight in the loyalist Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey at the weekend

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The show of strength in Portadown

The show of strength in Portadown

PSNI Chief Superintendent Davy Beck

PSNI Chief Superintendent Davy Beck

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Disruption: Cars set alight in the loyalist Rathcoole area of Newtownabbey at the weekend

Members of the South East Antrim UDA warned business owners to shut their premises early or risk being attacked ahead of a weekend of carefully planned violence.

It is understood that members of the paramilitary group visited businesses in Newtownabbey and told them that a riot was going to take place and to close early. Police were made aware of the actions of the breakaway loyalist group.

Sources confirmed that senior officers have been “reaching out” to loyalists perceived to have influence to try and calm the situation, worried that violence may spread to other areas.


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