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Ogle family have inspired east Belfast community to stand up to UVF, says councillor

Women in east Belfast come together for a march against intimidation by paramilitary organisations in the area
Women in east Belfast come together for a march against intimidation by paramilitary organisations in the area
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

The family of murdered loyalist Ian Ogle has inspired the community in east Belfast to stand up to paramilitaries operating in the area, a councillor has said.

PUP councillor John Kyle was speaking to the BBC the day after women marched through east Belfast to take a stand against the east Belfast UVF.

Police believe the criminal gang was responsible for the brutal murder of Ian Ogle on January 27. The father-of-two was stabbed 11 times in the back and suffered a fractured skull after being attacked by a group of men just yards from his Cluan Place home.

Mr Kyle said it was clear there is a "significant problem" with families being intimated and targeted by members of the east Belfast UVF.

"There certainly are many families, tens, who have contacted the Ogle's or who have said to other folk 'I know what is it like to go through that, we have been threatened and they have tried to intimate us'," Mr Kyle said.

He added: "When you are dealing with any criminal gang that is always a problem because they can attack you when you are not looking. To put your head above the parapet does invite retaliation.

"So it is clearly a significant problem but these women have been remarkably courageous and forthright and our prepared to stand together, as did the church leaders in east Belfast.

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"The overwhelming feeling within the communities is that we have had enough of this we want an end to this. That these paramilitary organisations are no longer welcome or a part of us and they need to leave the stage."

Mr Ogle's daughter, Toni Johnston (27), addressed more than 150 women who marked in solidarity from the spot where her father was murdered to nearby CS Lewis Square.

A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil was held at Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The ogle family as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The ogle family as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The ogle family as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Sonia Copeland as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
The ogle family as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Toni Johnston Ogle as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Sonia Copeland as A vigil is held Cluan Place where Ian Ogle was murdered on January 30th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Asked if these women had put themselves in danger by standing up to the east Belfast UVF, Mr Kyle replied: "I think that would be an exaggeration but I think people individually are reluctant to stand up and to challenge. 

"But that is what is so remarkable about the Ogle family. People have been really impressed at their dignity and courage in how they have conducted themselves and they have said, enough is enough. We want these people brought to justice.

"So I think their courage to stand up has inspired others to join them and say, no, we have had enough of this."

Two men have been charged in relation to the murder.

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