Northern Ireland

Three held in operation targeting west Belfast UDA released

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Three men arrested as part of an investigation into the criminal activities of the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), in west Belfast, have been released unconditionally.

The men, aged 33, 35, and 46 were held following five searches in Bangor and Newtownards on Monday.

A 33-year-old man who was also arrested remains in custody.

A 35-year-old woman was also arrested, but was released on bail pending further inquiries.

Suspected drugs, mobile phones and documentation were also seized.

In a statement on Monday, the PSNI said west Belfast UDA were "a priority" due to the "breadth of their criminality and the harm that they cause to the local community".