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Orde hits out at UDA over rioting
Burnt out car
One of the cars set alight during the violence
Northern Ireland's chief constable has said he believed the Ulster Defence Association should not receive money.

Sir Hugh Orde was speaking after police officers were attacked during rioting in Bangor, County Down.

He said he had evidence that the paramilitary group was behind the disturbances during which officers came under fire in the Kilcooley estate.

In March, the government pledged more than 1m to a project aimed at moving the UDA away from violence.

Sir Hugh Orde said he believed the organisation should not be given a penny.

"If you're looking for funding then you've got to deliver something," Sir Hugh Orde said.

Six people were struck with baton rounds during the violence on Wednesday.

Officers also came under attack from petrol bombs, stones and fireworks. A number of cars were also set alight.

"If that was value for money, then the people of Kilcooley got very poor value for their money," said Sir Hugh.

"If you want my personal opinion, I wouldn't give them 50 pence."

Meanwhile, Lady Sylvia Hermon, UUP MP for North Down, said police must be allowed to do their job.

Bangor riot scene
Up to 200 people were involved in the rioting

"I don't think anything at all will justify opening fire on police officers and for so-called loyalists to attack police officers is in my mind just a completely non-acceptable thing to do."

There were no reports of any serious injuries following the violence, which at one stage involved up to 200 people.

The disturbances followed searches linked to terrorist-related crime.

It is believed that a number of people attending a funeral were held up by the searches.

Chief superintendent Graham Shields, district commander for the area, said he believed seven rounds were fired at his officers.

"Seven rounds were discharged in two separate incidents, the first of which followed the police being lured onto the Clandeboye Road following the report of a vehicle on fire," he said.

Earlier on Thursday, community worker Mark Gordon said: "We're hoping today with the meeting that we'll be holding with PSNI and other community representatives that we'll be able to get this calmed back down again."

The meeting was also attended by the UDA's political representatives, the Ulster Political Research Group.


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