02 June 2006

Haddock admits alleged agent role

Daily Ireland

Ciarán Barnes

Leading loyalist Mark Haddock was last night reported to have confessed to family and friends that he has been a Special Branch informer for 16 years.
The ex-Ulster Volunteer Force (UVF) leader, who was shot six times by his former paramilitary friends on Tuesday, made the admission as he recovers from his injuries under armed PSNI guard in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital.
Detectives are planning to question the 37-year-old about the bid on his life over the weekend. It is understood he is demanding the PSNI resettle both him and his family in England under a new identity.
On Wednesday night a friend of Haddock’s, who had supported him during a recent court appearance, was forced to leave his home in north Belfast’s Mount Vernon estate. The UVF has also ordered relatives of Haddock out of the area.
A spokesman for the PSNI have confirmed that threats have been made.
During the mid-1990s, Haddock was UVF boss in Mount Vernon.
On Thursday Daily Ireland revealed a close friend of Haddock’s, who is also a Special Branch agent, organised the attempt on his life. He did so in return for the UVF not killing him.
Loyalist sources yesterday named the two men who shot the informer, known as Agent Helen, six times.
The paramilitaries are close friends of dead UVF man Colin Caldwell. The 23-year-old was killed in an IRA bomb attack at Belfast’s Crumlin Road prison in November 1991.
Caldwell was on remand for possession of firearms and UVF membership after being caught in a car containing weapons in Newtownabbey, north Belfast. Information Haddock gave to his RUC handlers led to Caldwell’s arrest.
Friends of Caldwell attempted to avenge his death on Tuesday by trying to kill Haddock.

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