16/03/2012

East Belfast UVF 'Boss' Arrested

A man alleged to be the UVF boss in east Belfast has been arrested as part of a serious crimes investigation.

Stephen Matthews, 49, was arrested this morning in connection with a slate of crimes including drug offenses.

Two other men have also been arrested by detectives investigating incidents in the area in recent weeks, including a bomb attack on a house last weekend.

It is understood that a recent spate of attacks are connected to a feud between east Belfast UVF members and members of another rival and illegal organisation.

One of the crimes include an attempt on the life of the recently arrested Stephen Matthews.

(LB/GK)


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