THE UVF tried to abduct an alleged drug dealer involved in a long-running dispute with its members.
Four masked thugs tried to force their way into a house on Belfast's Glencairn Way, where their target was staying, last Wednesday evening but fled the scene after the police were called.
Minutes earlier, around 20 UVF members staged a show of strength in the estate, which has seen a spate of gun, arson and punishment-style attacks.
The PSNI said: "Police received a report that a group of four men with their faces covered called at a house in north Belfast around 8pm last Wednesday. It was also reported that a larger group of men were also in the area at the time.
"Inquiries into this incident are ongoing and we would appeal to anyone with information to contact officers."
The abduction attempt follows a shotgun attack two weeks ago on the home of a man who had been involved in a dispute with senior UVF figures.
A close friend was the victim of a punishment-style beating earlier the same evening that left him in hospital with multiple broken bones.
The UVF gave both these individuals and two of their relatives 48 hours to leave the country.
The terror gang accused the man who was assaulted of carrying out an arson attack on the car of a leading loyalist - a claim he strongly denied.
UVF sources said the intimidation is being orchestrated by the gang's 'A Company' and has the blessing of chief-of-staff John 'Bunter' Graham and his convicted bomber sidekick Jackie Anderson, who styles himself as a 'provost marshal'. They added a list of drug dealers had also been drawn up with those named under threat.
"It's ridiculous that the UVF is running around threatening drug dealers when some of its own members are taking backhanders from them," an insider told Sunday Life.
"Two weeks ago William Courtney, who is friendly with top UVF men, was convicted in court of dealing drugs, yet he's still living in Glencairn and walking the Shankill Road sweeping streets for Belfast city council.
"If you know the right people, you get a bye-ball. What's happened over the last few days has shown that."
Courtney (44) was put on probation for two years for his role in a diazepam dealing gang that was busted by the Paramilitary Crime Taskforce.
The night before he was in court the UVF burnt a car outside his home. However, he has avoided being physically harmed or exiled.
While the terror gang's gun attacks, assaults and arson have appalled most people living in Glencairn, there are pockets of support for the action.
The estate has borne the brunt of a recent increase in anti-social behaviour, including joyriders showing up at a funeral and driving a car dangerously among mourners.
Earlier this month a man was beaten with a machete and baseball bat by a criminal gang and two weeks ago there were several arrests in connection with drug offences.