TRAVELLERS ASSOLDATI DAI DISSIDENTI
Membri della comunità nomade dei Travellers reclutati da un gruppo dissidente per rubare armi dalle case di chi le possiede legalmente
L’Observer ha rivelato che un gruppo dissidenti che si fa chiamare Saor Uladh o Free Ulster, sta assoldando giovani membri della comunità dei Travellers per ‘rapinare’ delle proprie armi i legali proprietari, presso le proprie abitazioni.
“Saor Uladh paga i Travellers per andare a svolgere le incursioni nelle case di soci di club di tiro dopo aver fornito loro le informazioni su chi sia l’obiettivo, durante i mesi scorsi”.
L’ultima aggressione è avvenuta a Newry a danno di un settantaquattrenne, possessore di numerosi fucili, che nonostante lo strenuo tentativo di difendersi ha dovuto arrendersi dinnanzi alla minaccia di morte, che lo ha costretto a fornire le chiavi del ripostiglio dove teneva le armi. La scelta prudente dell’uomo di tenere i fucili smontati, ha impedito agli aggressori di recuperarne tutte le parti. Di fatto sono ora in possesso di armi non utilizzabili.
Fino ad orane sono state rubate 14, tra fucili, rifles e pistole. Le pistole includono una 22 mm e una 9 mm Sig Sauer. Sembra sia stato fornito ai Travellers, il nominativo di un ufficiale della PSNI residente a Antrim e possessore di una pistola Glock.
Saor Uladh paga fino £ 200 per un fucile da caccia, dai £ 150 a € 200 per un rifles e £ 500 per una pistola.
Secondo quando comunicato dal Police Service of Northern Ireland, l’organizzazione dissidente sta ottenendo le informazioni sui proprietari di armi da una banda criminale che ha base a Antrim, una volta collegata al Loyalist Volunteer Force. Questo gruppo, il cui nucleo sono membri di una famiglia di ex paramilitari lealisti della zona di Ballysillan a Belfast, sono membri di un club di tiro in Irlanda del Nord.
Irish dissidents paying travellers to steal guns (The Observer)
Homes of legal owners are targeted by violent gang receiving up to £500 for a single weapon A new Irish republican dissident terror group is using a gang of young travellers to steal weapons from gun owners across Northern Ireland. Police are linking a recent upsurge in gun thefts to the “Saor Uladh”, the fourth dissident terrorist force to emerge from republicans disenchanted with the peace process. Saor Uladh or Free Ulster pays up to £500 for a single gun, security sources told the Observer. The most recent raid took place in Newry this month when a 74-year-old grandfather was beaten by robbers who stole his prized shotguns. One senior security source said: “All the raids across Northern Ireland are being carried out by members of the travelling community. Saor Uladh is paying the travellers to go and carry out the raids on gun club member’s homes after supplying them with the information on who to target over the past few months.” So far the gang has stolen 14 weapons. “They have seven shotguns, three rifles and four handguns,” the security source said. “The handguns include .22s and a 9mm Sig Sauer handgun. They have even given the travellers the name of a serving PSNI officer living in Antrim to get their hands on his Glock pistol.” It is understood that the gang is paid £200 for a shotgun, £150 to £200 for a rifle and £500 for a handgun. The PSNI also understands that the gang is getting information on gun owners from an Antrim-based crime gang once linked to the Loyalist Volunteer Force. This gang, whose core are members of a former loyalist paramilitary family from the Ballysillan area of Belfast, are members of a Northern Ireland gun club. Jimmy Campbell, 74, was beaten by two men who tied him up before stealing a number of legally held shotguns from his home in Newry, Co Down. The pensioner said they tricked him into opening the door by shouting his name and pretending one of them was injured. “I opened the door and the hammer came down on my face,” he said. “Then he was on top of me in the hall hammering away at me.” Campbell’s son, Billy, said his father was a “very strong, resilient man” who tried to fight back against his attackers. “With his outdoor activities, the shooting and fishing, he keeps himself very fit,” he said. However, the pensioner was forced to hand over the keys to his gun cabinet when the men threatened to kill him, he said. After the attack, Campbell was able to untie himself, call the police and give a full description of the intruders. Billy Campbell said his father was security-conscious and kept his guns in separate parts. He said: “A shotgun is in three parts and the thieves, thugs, or whatever you want to call them have stolen two out of three. “The third part is being retained by the police, so they have guns that are useless. It just shows you the intellect of the people.”