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Last Updated: Monday, 16 June, 2003, 18:22 GMT 19:22 UK
'Death threats' to loyalist's family
Alan McCullough's funeral
There were no paramilitary trappings at the funeral
The family of murdered Belfast loyalist Alan McCullough have been warned their lives are in danger, it has been claimed.

The body of Alan McCullough, 21, was found in a shallow grave in Mallusk, north of Belfast, earlier this month.

Two men have been charged with his murder.

On Monday, Mr McCullough's brother, Kenny, claimed the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Defence Association had sentenced him, his mother and his four sisters to death.

Speaking before his brother's funeral, Mr McCullough said the threats had been made because of statements he and other members of his family had made to the police about the murder.

He said police officers had visited the family home on Sunday to inform them of the threat.

"The police brought me the threat and gave me information about my own protection and security," he said.

Alan McCullough's father was also murdered in 1981

"They said they would intensify their security presence in the area."

Mr McCullough said those behind the threats had shown "complete disregard for my mother and what she's been through".

Alan McCullough was buried at Roselawn cemetery on Monday, following a service at his mother's home in the Shankill area of the city.

The police have confirmed that Mr McCullough had been shot and have appealed for further information from the loyalist community.

Mr McCullough had recently returned to Northern Ireland after fleeing his home following the feud within the loyalist UDA earlier this year.

The youngest of six children and the father of a two-year-old girl, his own father, William "Bucky" McCullough, was murdered by the INLA in 1981.

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