22/07/2003

UFF issue threat against Adair supporters

Outlawed loyalist paramilitary group, the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) has again issued a threat against supporters of ousted UDA leader Johnny Adair.

The threat followed a brief visit home by Adair's wife, Gina, who stayed overnight in the lower Shankill area of west Belfast on Monday.

In a statement the group warned against other such visits from those linked to Adair saying they would not pass "without incident". The UFF also warned anyone seen associating with Adair's supporters would not be tolerated.

The threat came a few hours after a security alert outside the house where Mrs Adair was reportedly staying. It was later declared a hoax.

It is believed Gina Adair was in Northern Ireland to visit her husband in Maghaberry prison.

She arrived in the province from her Bolton home and was taken to her mother's lower Shankill home under police escort.

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