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UVF gathering in east Belfast was 'peaceful walk-through' to deter anti-social behaviour, court told

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The scene in the Pitt Park area of east Belfast on February 2.

The scene in the Pitt Park area of east Belfast on February 2.

The scene in the Pitt Park area of east Belfast on February 2.

Up to 60 masked men involved in an alleged UVF gathering in east Belfast were staging a peaceful "walk-through" to deter one family's suspected anti-social behaviour, the High Court heard today.

Prosecutors claimed eleven people were forced to flee and shelter in a community centre for more than a week because the show of strength left them fearing for their lives.

But a defence lawyer argued that it had been a non-violent protest supported by residents "tortured" by the behaviour of others in the Pitt Park area.


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