Irish Republican News · October 20, 2003
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UDA targets former representatives

The unionist paramilitary UDA has begun targeting former members of its political wing who do not back its anti-Good Friday Agreementstance.

The County Antrim home of former UDP representative David Adams was targeted in an attack last week, it was confirmed today.

The UDP folded two years ago during turmoil within loyalism which resulted in the UDA withdrawing its backing for the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process.

Mr Adams confirmed today that there had been damage at his home at Maze outside Lisburn in the early hours of Thursday morning, but made no other statement.

"I don't want to exacerbate the situation," he said.

Mr Adams is a member of the Lisburn District Policing Partnership (DPP) - one of the controversial local community policing bodies set up in the North, which are opposed by the UDA.

They are also understood to have warned him away him from addressing the annual conference on Saturday of the Progressive Unionist Party which speaks for the rival Ulster Volunteer Force.

Alongside the attack on Mr Adams, news also emerged of threats against a Lisburn drug awareness scheme in Lisburn which is managed by Gary McMichael, one-time leader of the UDP.

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