Belfast UVF threatens ‘serious disorder’ against police
Threat comes as police find viable pipe bomb in the east of the city.
The UVF has threatened to orchestrate "serious disorder" in east Belfast on Wednesday night, according to police.
PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said he has received information that indicates that the terror organisation intends to "orchestrate and participate in serious disorder" in east Belfast on Wednesday evening.
He said the disorder is to be directed against his officers.
Mr Todd said he is accordingly reviewing his resourcing plans.
"I would strongly urge people to desist from engaging in any violent or criminal behaviour," he said.
"I would also appeal to those who have influence in this community to discourage people from taking part in any illegal activity.
"The safety of the public and my officers is of paramount importance and accordingly I will be reviewing my resourcing plans to ensure there is an appropriate and proportionate policing operation in place to deal with any disorder should it occur."
It comes as police confirmed that a viable pipe bomb has been found at a peace line in east Belfast.
It follows reports of a loud bang at the barrier close to the loyalist Cluan Place area on Wednesday afternoon, where earlier a bonfire was removed by contractors under police protection.
The remains of the device were found on the nationalist side of the peace line on Clandeboye Drive.
A PSNI spokesman said: "The remnants of what is believed to be a viable pipe bomb type device have been found in Clandeboye Drive and we would ask for your patience and support as police work to make the area safe."