Sinn Féin has met with a local PSNI chief to press for increased police action in response to their concerns over local UDA activity.
The delegation, which included MLAs Daithí McKay and Oliver McMullan as well as local Councillors Paul Maguire, Patrice Hardy and James McKeown, met Commander for Mid & East Antrim, Supt Ryan Henderson, last week.
Speaking afterwards, Daithí McKay said: “There has clearly been a worrying increase in UDA activity in Counties Derry and Antrim recently that have included a number of violent attacks and a murder in Ballymoney. This needs to be a priority for the police in this area and the public needs to see arrests and more importantly charges being made to reassure them. We also raised with the District Commander the need for him to tackle the drug dealing that is going on, to various degrees, in our urban and, indeed, rural communities. Class A drugs can destroy entire families, entire communities and we need to see those involved in this activity, especially those higher up the supply chain, being taken off the streets.”
Bannside councillor Patrice Hardy added: “The community in Ahoghill are still in shock at the pipe bomb attack that took place there. Those involved in this need to be brought to book and we need to see the police getting a result in this regard. There have been a number of attacks in Ahoghill in recent years and the only effective way of discouraging them is ensuring that those perpetrating these attacks are charged.”