EXCLUSIVE: A FATHER and son have been evicted from their homes in west Belfast by the UDA in a row linked to a murder bid.
Belfast Daily can reveal the pair were put out of their homes on Sunday evening as a bitter internal feud inside the west Belfast brigade escalated.
Hours earlier threee homes had their windows smashed by a gang of UDA men as part of the dispute.
However, the PSNI said it had not established a motive.
Police in the area had been on high alert fearing further bloodletting after a man was stabbed in the Shankill area on Saturday night.
Dee Coleman underwent surgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast for a serious knife wound.
He is now in a stable condition in hospital but police intelligence warned that some loyalists in west Belfast would try and avenge the murder bid.
Loyalist sources said the attack happened after Coleman had been in a fight with two other loyalists.
“Dee is a hard man and he beat Darryl Ritiche and Daniel Austen together.
“Then on Saturday night he was stabbed by a UDA veteran.”
The attack, which happened around 7.40 pm, has sparked a number tit-for-tat attacks in the Shankill Road area of west Belfast.
In one incident, a car belonging to the UDA’s west Belfast brigadier, Matt Kincaid, was attacked.
Following the stabbing, a 29-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.
However, after several hours of questioning the suspect was released without charge.
A loyalist source said: “The guy arrested didn’t do the stabbing.
“The attack was carried out by a UDA veteran. He is the one the police should be arresting for this attack.”
On Sunday evening, the windows in a number of homes were smashed in what loyalist sources said was directly linked to the stab attack.
The source added: “If police don’t put a lid on this somebody is going to get murdered.
“People don’t want this coming up to Christmas. Wise heads should intervene before we are all walking behind a coffin this Christmas.”
Anyone who has information or anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact PSNI.