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Saturday, 22 January, 2000, 18:14 GMT
UVF man's family in anti-drugs campaign

Anti-drugs posters are put up in Portadown


The family of murder victim Richard Jameson, thought to be a loyalist paramilitary leader in County Armagh, have erected anti-drugs posters in the town where he lived.

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It is part of the family's campaign against a rival paramilitary group they claim was responsible for his death because of his stance against drug dealers.

Mr Jameson, 46, was shot dead as he drove up to his home on the Derryletiff Road, about five miles outside Portadown on 10 January.

Richard Jameson's family have denied he was involved with the UVF Richard Jameson: Shot dead
Security sources said he was the commander of the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force in the area.

But Mr Jameson's family denied this and blamed a paramilitary splinter group, the Loyalist Volunteer Force, for the killing.

It later denied the murder but Mr Jameson's family have called for the organisation to disband.

The victim's twin brother Stuart helped hand out copies of the posters to motorists and shoppers in Portadown.

He said: "The drugs situation in Portadown and throughout Ulster is getting very powerful and strong at the moment and somebody has to stand up and make people aware of it."

Last weekend Mr Jameson's four brothers painted over the lettering of LVF murals in the Portadown.

Speaking the day after the murder, David Ervine of the Progressive Unionist Party, which has links to the UVF, said Mr Jameson had been murdered by "drug dealers masquerading as loyalists" because he had been a "bulwark in his community" against dealers.

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The murder followed an ongoing bitter dispute between loyalist factions in the Portadown area.

The hardline splinter group, the LVF was formed by Billy Wright after the UVF leadership stood his Portadown UVF unit down in 1996.

The UVF move came after the unsanctioned killing of Catholic taxi driver Michael McGoldrick which breached the ceasefire announced by the Combined Loyalist Military Command in 1994.

Wright was shot in the Maze prison by the republican paramilitary splinter group, the Irish National Liberation Army in December 1997.

Although the UVF is much larger province-wide than the LVF, in the Portadown area the UVF is reported to have been trying to regain lost ground with a recent recruitment drive.

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