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UVF gang in 72-hour terror rampage

Thugs make mockery of peace pledge after shooting up house, torching car, beating man and intimidating family

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A UVF mural on the Upper Shankill Road

A UVF mural on the Upper Shankill Road

Senior UVF member and convicted bomber Jackie Anderson at the funeral of Sam 'Pinky' Austin

Senior UVF member and convicted bomber Jackie Anderson at the funeral of Sam 'Pinky' Austin

Gary Peden

Gary Peden

UVF drug dealer William Courtney.

UVF drug dealer William Courtney.

John 'Bunter' Graham

John 'Bunter' Graham

Gary Peden Mater Hospital hatchet attack

Gary Peden Mater Hospital hatchet attack

Forthriver Crescent

Forthriver Crescent

A UVF mural on the Upper Shankill Road

The UVF in Belfast was behind a fresh terror wave that saw a man beaten, shots fired at a house, a car burned and four people ordered out of the country.

Over a 72-hour period between June 11-13, the Shankill Road unit of the paramilitary gang - linked to the restorative justice group Alternatives NI which raked in £1m of public funding last year - carried out:

  • A shotgun attack on the home of an innocent man;
  • Issued his mother and a second relative with death threats;
  • Beat another friend to a pulp in a pre-arranged 'punishment' attack;
  • Torched a car belonging to a convicted drug dealer with close ties to senior loyalist figures.

Despite this the taxpayer-funded Alternatives NI and ACT (Action for Community Transformation) - a charity which helps ex-UVF men return to normal life and which had a £108,000 income during 2019 according to accounts - are still creaming in public cash.