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Man (37) arrested in Co Antrim in investigation into North Antrim UDA

Police arrested a 37-year-old man

POLICE are questioning a 37-year-old man arrested in Co Antrim as part of investigations in the UDA.

The man was detained following a search and arrest operation in Bushmills today.

The investigation by the Paramilitary Crime Task Force is in relation to the criminal activities of the North Antrim UDA.

It comes after police received reports last week that a group of masked men had been putting up paramilitary signs in the area.

Police said follow-up enquiries led to a search of two properties in the Bushmills area, during which officers seized a number of items including mobile phones.

A spokesman said the "arrest is evidence that investigating the criminal activities of the North Antrim UDA remains a priority for the Paramilitary Crime Task Force".

"North Antrim UDA bring nothing but misery and harm to their local communities," he said.

"They continue to use firearms indiscriminately to commit human rights breaches, intimidate and cause fear, putting a further strain on the NHS during a global pandemic.

"There is no place in society for paramilitaries who carry out these criminal acts.

"Working with our partners and communities we are committed to tackling the criminality carried out by these groups.

"We continue to ask for the public’s help, and appeal to anyone who has information that could assist our effort to contact police. We will listen to you and we will act on information you provide."

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