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UUP man: I wouldn’t be surprised if UDA faction re-armed

A claim that the South East Antrim UDA has obtained weapons from English-based crime networks is no surprise, given the group’s drug trade links. That is the view from UUP MLA Roy Beggs, who was responding to remarks made by a self-proclaimed member of a UDA faction in a BBC interview. The man’s claims – which are now being looked at by police – were aired anonymously on Monday to protect him from reprisals, said the BBC. In the interview the man talked about how the South East Antrim UDA would take a cut of profits from burglars and drug dealers in the regions it controls. He also said good-quality weapons remain in the group’s hands dating back from before the decommissioning process, and that members have also “bought some newer weapons from drug gangs in Manchester”. Members can get their hands on weapons “within 20 minutes or half an … Continue reading

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Executive ‘must do more to tackle unacceptable rise in homelessness’

Thousands of families with children across Northern Ireland are homeless, shocking figures have revealed. Stock image posed by model Thousands of families with children across Northern Ireland are homeless, shocking figures have revealed. Around 4,100 currently do not have a permanent home – a jump of 12% in the past two years alone. The bleak statistics offer an alarming insight into the plight some families face today. They were revealed after an Assembly question by Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs, who said the shocking statistics were “unacceptable”. “More needs to be done by the Northern Ireland Executive to end homelessness amongst families with children in particular,” he added. “It is unacceptable that the number of homeless families is increasing. “The Executive should be working to protect our most vulnerable and ensure that no family is faced with homelessness. “A home is a very basic human requirement and the absence of … Continue reading

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Chief Constable to face questions over ‘missing’ paedophile

PSNI chief George Hamilton urges progress on Troubles’ legacy issues <!– –> THE chief constable is to be questioned at the Policing Board following concerns a convicted paedophile was able to go ‘off the radar’ for nearly a year. The Irish News reported yesterday how James White (43) was apprehended in Stewartstown, Co Tyrone in July and charged with breaking a sexual offences prevention order (SOPO). He was made subject to the order in 1998 following a conviction for several sexual assaults on young boys. It is alleged that police were unable to track White down for nearly a year, despite strict monitoring conditions being part of his SOPO. During that time, it is alleged he had unapproved contact with a 14-year-old boy, to whom he supplied alcohol. The Policing Board said questions surrounding the case would be raised with PSNI chief constable George Hamilton. “Given the concerns highlighted, a … Continue reading

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Emergence of new terrorist mural in east Antrim ‘unwelcome’

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Keeping Magherafelt Courthouse open was ‘correct move’

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