Detectives from the Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF) conducted two searches in the Newtownards area yesterday evening, Monday 20th February.

Detective Inspector Maguire said: “As part of an investigation into ongoing criminality linked to East Belfast UVF, we conducted proactive searches in Newtownards.

“A number of electronic devices were recovered and have been seized for examination.

“The searches and seizures are a demonstration of the PCTF’s commitment to tackle all types of organised criminality linked to paramilitaries, in an ongoing effort to rid our communities of the harm these groups cause and of their coercive control.

"Our enquiries are ongoing and we would like to thank the local community for their continued support and will continue to act on the information you provide us.

“I would encourage anyone with information regarding criminal activity to contact us on 101.”

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at