Leading South East Antrim UDA loyalist believed to be target of arson attack in which a handgun was recovered by police

A LEADING member of the loyalist South East Antrim UDA was believed to be the intended target of an arson attack in Antrim town that lead to residents being evacuated from their homes and a firearm being recovered.

CARNAGE: Police investigate after a suspicious object was found near a car in Tarragon Park in Antrim

The man who is originally from Belfast but has been living in the Town Park South area of Antrim for more than a decade. A car parked in the Tarragon Road area, close to the man’s home, was set on fire in the early hours of Friday 3rd January 2020. Emergency services were called and the fire extinguished. However, after a suspicious object was found in the vehicle police and army bomb disposal officers were called to the scene. Sources said the man had been recently told he was under threat.

South East Antrim UDA wall mural

Several residents of Tarragon Road were evacuated from their homes at around 5am. Some families took shelter in nearby Stiles community centre while a local Spar provided food for the residents.

A controlled explosion was carried out and a second car parked nearby was also examined by police and bomb disposal experts.

UDA threats painted on the walls of East Belfast threatening the lives of three members of the Ogle family. One of there own members beaten to death by his own organisation because in their words for treason

A firearm was removed from the damaged car by forensic experts and taken away for examination.

Ian Ogle who was murdered by the UDA in East Belfast

Police have not said whether the weapon was a viable firearm or a replica handgun.

A suspected firearm was recovered from a vehicle in Tarragon Park in Antrim following an arson attack. Picture by Mal McCann 
 A 56-year-old man was arrested at the scene and held for several hours for questioning.

Residents were allowed to return to their homes at around 1pm on Friday.

The attack was condemned by local Alliance councillor Neil Kelly who attended the scene and spoke with residents.

Mr Kelly said families were “evacuated from their homes in the middle of the night due to the actions of mindless idiots who have no regard for the safety of others”.

“I want to commend the PSNI for the manner in which they dealt with this incident and also thank council staff for making the community centre available.

“There is no place for this in Antrim Town and I would ask anyone with any information regarding these events to contact the PSNI immediately.”

Superintendent Sue Steen said officers attended a report on Friday “of a car deliberately set alight shortly after 2.45am”.

“The fire was extinguished and a suspicious object was located inside the vehicle,” she said.

“A suspected firearm has now been removed from the vehicle by police for further examination.

“Police would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding, as officers worked to keep the area safe.”

With many thanks to: The Irish News for the original story.

Follow these links to find out more: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2020/01/04/news/leading-loyalist-target-of-antrim-alert-1805317/

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