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Ruthless history of the UVF in Mid Ulster

 Alan Oliver (left) and former Mid-Ulster UVF boss Billy Wright
Connla Young
With a base in Portadown, the Mid Ulster UVF had an unrivalled reputation for sectarian violence during the Troubles. Alan Oliver is believed to have joined the organisation in the mid-1980s, at a time when loyalist paramilitaries were stepping up their sectarian murder campaign. Collusion with security forces is thought to have been rife, with members of the RUC and UDR providing intelligence on targets. MI5 has also been accused of helping supply killer gangs with weapons and managing its own loyalist agents. The Mid Ulster unit formed the backbone of the infamous Glenanne Gang, [...]
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