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East Belfast UVF threatens ‘serious disorder’ against police

Police believe the UVF is threatening serious disorder (Paul Faith/PA) Photo: PA Archive/PA Images

The UVF has threatened to orchestrate “serious disorder” in east Belfast on Wednesday night, according to police.

PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said he has received information that indicates that the terror organisation intends to “orchestrate and participate in serious disorder” in east Belfast on Wednesday evening.

He said the disorder is to be directed against his officers.

Mr Todd said he is accordingly reviewing his resourcing plans.

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“I would strongly urge people to desist from engaging in any violent or criminal behaviour,” he said.

“I would also appeal to those who have influence in this community to discourage people from taking part in any illegal activity.

“The safety of the public and my officers is of paramount importance and accordingly I will be reviewing my resourcing plans to ensure there is an appropriate and proportionate policing operation in place to deal with any disorder should it occur.”