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:
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.
The money from charities like the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and International Fund for Ireland continues to pour into the groups even after the recent UVF murders of its members Ian Ogle and Davy Murphy.
There is no suggestion the charities themselves have done anything wrong and they include people who have no association with paramilitary groups.
The Ogle and Murphy murders were the 31st and 32nd members of the Protestant community killed by the organisation since its ceasefire in 1994.
Last weekend, that tally was almost extended to 33 deaths when UVF gunmen fired shots through the living room window of a house on Forthriver Crescent at the top of the Shankill.
In a statement, police said detectives are investigating a report of shots fired in the Forthriver Crescent area of Belfast during the early hours of last Saturday.
Detective Sergeant O'Flaherty said: "It was reported that shots were fired at a property some time between 3am and 3.30am. Damage was caused to a window but, thankfully, no injuries were reported.
"Our investigation continues and we are working to establish a motive for this reckless attack, which could have had devastating consequences."
The murder bid came just hours after members of the group's 'A Company' battered a man to a pulp during a pre-arranged 'punishment' attack. The UVF has since ordered him out of Northern Ireland.
So too has the target of last weekend's shooting, his mother and one of his brothers. The mother, who we are not naming, received a death threat.
They were singled out for attack two days after UVF members torched a car on Glencairn Way linked to Belfast City Council worker turned drug dealer William Courtney.
The vehicle was set alight just hours before the 44-year-old appeared in Belfast Crown Court to be sentenced to two years probation for dealing diazepam.
The PSNI said officers in north Belfast were investigating a suspected arson attack on a vehicle in the Glencairn Way area in the early hours of Thursday, June 11.
"Reports were received by police at around 3.30am on Thursday morning that a Toyota Yaris parked in the area was on fire. The vehicle was totally destroyed as a result," the PSNI said in a statement.
Sunday Life understands last weekend's shotgun attack on a home at Forthriver Crescent was connected to a row between a Glencairn family and loyalist Gary Peden. The 37-year-old is well known on the Shankill having served a 15-month jail sentence for chasing a man around the Mater Hospital in Belfast with a hatchet.
His father is Andrew 'Drew' Peden, who had both his legs amputated following a 1998 shotgun attack by the UVF. Despite this, Gary Peden is friendly with senior figures in the terror gang.
Two weeks ago he clashed with two brothers from the Glencairn estate, with a second row taking place near their mother's home. The UVF's 'A Company' commander is reported to have been present at the scene.
The fall-out from this was that a man, who is friendly with the brothers, was ordered by the UVF to attend a pre-arranged punishment style attack on June 13.
Loyalist sources say the horrific assault was sanctioned by veteran UVF member and convicted bomber Jackie Anderson.
The man was beaten to a pulp and given 48 hours to leave Northern Ireland. 'A Company' members then used a shotgun to attack the home of one of the brothers who had earlier clashed with Gary Peden. There is no suggestion that Peden pulled the trigger.
This latest spate of UVF violence comes against a backdrop of the organisation pledging to go out of business and morph into an old-boys style club. Its chief-of-staff John 'Bunter' Graham and his area commanders settled upon this way forward during a weekend conference at a hotel in Co Antrim in the autumn of 2017.
They were told that in return for ditching the gun, millions of pounds of government and charitable funding would be made available to UVF-supported projects like Alternatives and ACT. While the government and charities have kept their side of the bargain - Alternatives took £1m last year and ACT £108,000 - the UVF has not.
In a three-week period at the beginning of 2019, it tore up this agreement by murdering loyalists Ian Ogle and Davy Murphy. Dad-of-two Ogle was stabbed to death after standing up to an east Belfast UVF gang, while Ballymena man Murphy was shot for stealing UVF weapons and selling them to dissident republicans in south Armagh.
Now the Shankill UVF has joined in making a mockery of Alternatives NI and ACT's peace pledges by beating up an innocent man, shooting up homes, ordering people out of the country and carrying out arson attacks.
One frustrated UVF figure told Sunday Life: "Every time we take a step forward, we end up taking another two back. There are genuine people in the UVF trying to move us forward and there are funders willing to help us on that journey. But who is going to help us after the mayhem in Glencairn last week? A man beaten within an inch of his life, a house shot up, cars burned, people ordered out of the country. It's as if there are people in the organisation purposely trying to wreck every good thing we've achieved."
Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man has been charged with a number of drug and gun offences following searches targeting the East Belfast UVF. He is expected to appear at Newtownards Magistrates Court via videolink in July. It follows a number of searches in Dundonald on Friday evening carried out by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force.
Two women have also been reported to the Public Prosecution Service on suspicion of drugs offences.
Suspected class A, B and C controlled drugs were seized, along with drug paraphernalia and a "significant amount of cash".