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'I would have thrown grenade into Irish social club', says UDA's ex-London boss Frank Portinari


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Frank Portinari

Frank Portinari

Frank Portinari

The former terror chief who ran the UDA in London has said he was "seriously glad" that he was busted with weapons and sent to jail.

Ex-UDA 'commander' Frank Portinari claimed that at one stage when he was a loyalist paramilitary, he "wouldn't have thought twice" about throwing a hand grenade into Irish social clubs.

Portinari (62) was a football hooligan and National Front member when he joined the UDA but said he was "thoroughly unimpressed" when he first met with the then London leader who he said "stunk of vodka".