16 Mar 2012

A man widely named as the leader of the UVF in east Belfast has been arrested as part of an investigation into serious crime, including drugs.

Forty-nine-year-old Stephen Matthews was arrested on Friday morning.

Two other men have also been arrested by detectives investigating incidents in the area in recent weeks, including a bomb attack on a house last weekend.

It is understood the incidents were the result of a feud between the UVF and another criminal gang.

They included an alleged murder attempt on Stephen Matthews last month.