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Embattled east Belfast UVF chief Stephen 'Mackers' Matthews facing revolt

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Stephen Matthews

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Stephen Matthews

East Belfast UVF boss Stephen 'Mackers' Matthews is being targeted in a non-violent coup by elements of the terror gang's Shankill Road leadership.

They want to oust the 58-year-old while he and close associates Derek 'Banic' Lammey (56) and David Matthews (34) are on remand charged with affray connected to a paramilitary show of strength in east Belfast earlier this month.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told on Friday that police believe the group of 60 men in a "display of sinister force" at Pitt Park was linked to the East Belfast UVF.


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