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UVF victim's sons call for Wesley Somerville terror banner in Tyrone to be removed

A similar banner of UVF killer Wesley Somerville was erected in the village in 2017
A similar banner of UVF killer Wesley Somerville was erected in the village in 2017

The sons of a man murdered by the UVF have called on police to remove a banner glorifying one of those suspected of his killing.

A banner featuring a picture of Wesley Somerville alongside a UVF emblem has been hung from a lampost in the village of Moygashel, just outside Dungannon.

Somerville, who died while planting a bomb on the bus of the Miami Showband in 1975, is suspected of being part of a gang that shot dead Patrick Falls (45) in Aughamullan, near Coalisland, in 1974.

His two sons Brian and Aidan Falls have said the banner is causing "harassment and distress" to their family, reports The Irish News.

“The erection of the Wesley Somerville banner constitutes a hate crime,” they said in a joint statement.

“The PSNI must act in line with their legal obligation and remove material immediately which is causing harassment and distress to our family.

"It is totally unacceptable for the PSNI to repeatedly say they will consult with the Moygashel community representatives regarding the matter”.

“The PSNI so-called 'consultation' never achieves anything - the banner remains in place and we never receive any feedback.”

Alongside Somerville's banner is another bearing the image of two masked gunmen and a UVF logo. It also features the words "Mid Ulster Brigade" and "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty".

Wesley Somerville died alongside fellow UVF man Harris Boyle when a bomb they were planting on the Miami Showband's tour bus exploded prematurely near Banbridge in 1975.

Three members of the band were shot dead following the explosion, while two others were seriously injured but survived.

Wesley Somerville's brother, John James Somerville, was sentence to life in prison for his part in the murder of Patrick Falls.

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