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‘SINISTER’: The mob at Pitt Park

‘SINISTER’: The mob at Pitt Park

‘SINISTER’: The mob at Pitt Park

A government-funded loyalist charity met with police to defend a sinister UVF "show of strength" in east Belfast.

The ACT Initiative, which has strong links to the terror gang, told senior cops that the display earlier this month was a peaceful "walk-through" to deter anti-social behaviour in the Pitt Park area.

Its east Belfast branch later wrote to the PSNI repeating the claim, a letter that was referenced in court on Friday when alleged senior UVF figures Derek 'Banic' Lammey (56) and David 'Wee Mac' Matthews (34) were refused bail. Along with East Belfast UVF boss Stephen 'Mackers' Mathews (58), the trio are charged with unlawful assembly and affray.


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