“I talked to Mark and assured him that he was not under threat from the UVF.”

The independent member of the Policing Board – as appointed by the Secretary of State for Wales etc – and leader of the UVF-aligned PUP, Dawn Purvis keeps digging, expanding on her previously noted quotes, has told Mark Thompson, director of the Relatives for Justice group, that he was not under threat from the UVF..

Ms Purvis said she had sought assurances that there was no threat. “I talked to Mark and assured him that he was not under threat from the UVF.”

More quotes from the BBC report

Mark Thompson, the director of victims’ group, Relatives for Justice was among those visited by police at the weekend.

He was warned of a “significant and substantial” threat to his life.

But Ms Purvis said she had sought assurances that there was no threat. “I talked to Mark and assured him that he was not under threat from the UVF.”

She added: “Under human rights legislation the PSNI are obliged to inform individuals if their details are found.

“After talking to the PSNI I understand their intelligence suggests that the individuals concerned are not under any threat.

“Certainly I have sought assurances that there’s no threat from any organisation to any of these individuals.”

As the UTV report puts it

Progressive Unionist Party leader Dawn Purvis, told UTV she had spoken to members of the UVF and they had assured her Mr Thompson was not under threat from the paramilitary organisation.

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  • greg

    Did they just want his details for their Christmas card list.

    Is Purvis still on the policing board ?

    Perhaps she could tell the police about the fully armed & active godfathers.

  • gareth mccord

    how re-assuring for mark that the uvf puppet purvis says hes not under threat? now he can sleep easy along with the rest of us who “are not under threat”.
    But remember dont forget to check the small print “if there is a murder attempt or threat it wasnt sanctioned”?
    if the psni had called to other victims group reps and said they have recieved the same level of threat from the ira i wonder what the unionists would do and demand?
    EQUALITY MY ARSE!

  • rapunsel

    Quite unbelievable really. I find it hard to believe that if I was under threat from the UVF , that the PSNI would discuss that threat with a member of the political wing of the UVF or any other party for that matter other than my solicitor or named representative. I wonder what PSNI make of MS Purvis directly contradicting their claim ” After talking to the PSNI I understand their intelligence suggests that the individuals concerned are not under any threat” Unfortunately this looks more like Ms Purvis seeking to protect the PUP and UVF rather protect the interests of those threatened.

  • Comrade Stalin

    I find it hard to believe that if I was under threat from the UVF , that the PSNI would discuss that threat with a member of the political wing of the UVF or any other party for that matter other than my solicitor or named representative.

    The PSNI’s policy is not to discuss individual security arrangements, and if they did talk about this matter with Purvis it would be an extremely serious breach which should be immediately investigated.

    However, I rather suspect that Purvis hasn’t actually spoken to them at all, and is making the whole thing up. Can you imagine the conversation, “yes Dawn, bang to rights, it was just a bit of a laugh, we thought we’d tell him that the UVF threatened him as a joke”. Purvis hasn’t got the trick of political lying down to a fine art yet.