Detectives from PSNI’s Criminal Investigation Branch and Paramilitary Crime Task Force, investigating an incident involving a significant gathering in the Pitt Park area of east Belfast on Tuesday, 2 February, have arrested three men and a woman this morning (Wednesday, 3rd March). A number of searches are ongoing in east Belfast, Dundonald and Newtownards areas.

The men, aged 35, 39 and 40 years old, and a woman, aged 32 years old, were arrested on suspicion of terrorism, and other related offences.

Detective Chief Superintendent John McVea said: “Our investigation into the gathering at Pitt Park and activities linked to east Belfast UVF is continuing, and today’s arrests were conducted under the Terrorism Act. Those arrested will now be questioned in Musgrave Street Serious Crime Suite.

“I would continue to appeal to anyone in the community who has information or footage regarding the incident or criminality in the area, to contact the police.”