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Police detention officer is charged with violating Terrorism Act by publishing images supporting proscribed Ulster Defence Association

  • Detention officer William Lloyd-Hughes charged with promoting banned group
  • The Ulster Defence Association (UDA) has been proscribed since 1973 
  • Lloyd-Hughes, of West Yorkshire Police, is being investigated by watchdog 

A West Yorkshire Police detention officer has been charged with publishing images for a banned organisation. 

William Loyd-Hughes is charged with carrying out the offence in support of the Ulster Defence Association – contrary to the Terrorism Act 2000.

News of Lloyd-Hughes’ charge was revealed by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

The UDA is a loyalist paramilitary group which has been proscribed since 1973, two years after it was founded in Northern Ireland.

At its height, it was a large umbrella group of ultra-loyalist sects which bore arms for almost 34 years as a leading player in the Northern Irish Troubles.

Its stated aim was to defend Protestant Ulster against Irish republicanism, specifically the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA).

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