UVF rackateer 'No Neck' McGaw stood down
The UVF’s most notorious racketeer is the first casualty of the group’s U-turn on crime.
Joe ‘No Neck’ McGaw was booted out last week after his men moved against him.
And without the UVF’s protection he’s become a marked man, already dubbed ‘the most hated man on the Shankill’ by former comrades.
The loyalist bully boy came under fire recently for trashing the home of a former senior UVF man in a ‘domestic’.
He was ordered to apologise and pay a £10,000 fine following that incident.
But at a meeting last Tuesday night three of the four teams he had previously run said they would no longer take orders from him.
Loyalist boss Harry Stockman tried to fight McGaw’s corner because he brings in so much money, but faced with a revolt he had to issue the racketeer his marching orders.
It means that just days after the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando signed up to the Loyalist Community Council and swore off criminal activity McGaw could be the first casualty.
He has made many enemies within the loyalist community and sources within the UVF say it won’t be long before old foes come looking for revenge.
‘No Neck’, known as McGraw although his real name is McGaw, may flee from the Shankill to Bangor, where he already has a lucrative £10,000 a month drugs enterprise with a local dealer. It emerged recently that none of that cash has ever made it into the UVF coffers.
McGaw operates a licensing system for dealers on his Belfast patch to operate as long as the UVF gets a cut of their profits; however his business relationship with a former Provo from Ardoyne who runs burger vans at a Co. Antrim car boot sale has caused outrage among fellow loyalists.
“He was watch commander over four teams in A Company – one, two, four and five, and number five was his outfit,” says a source.
“Last week one, two and five teams said they wouldn’t be taking orders from him any more.
“Stockman has tried to speak up for him, but he’s been getting it from all sides, so in the end he had no option but to chase him.
“McGaw has been told that he is protected for everything up until Tuesday night, but there will be a lot of people ready to wreak revenge on him. He’s a marked man.”
No Neck was told immediately after the move against him to get off the Shankill and keep his head down.
He has kept a low profile since but there is speculation that a move to Bangor won’t be far enough
“He should be a very concerned man. He’s been the most hated man on the Shankill for years and the stuff he’s got up to recently hasn’t helped, like doing business with a former Provo.
“With his attitude and swagger it will only be a matter of time before someone attacks him.”
McGaw’s lavish lifestyle has also become a sore point. He has a Manchester United season ticket, enjoyed two cruises this year and has just got a VW Passat worth over £30,000.
“The money he brought in was the reason Stockman tried to protect him.
“There was also a worry that if Stockman didn’t go along with the teams there would be a split and he wanted to avoid that.”
McGaw has increasingly been seen as an embarrassment to the UVF and the recent attack in Glencairn was another nail in his coffin.
His attack on the home of a former senior loyalist and a car belonging to a 23-year-old woman who lived there caused outrage when he brought three young UVF men in to do his dirty work in a personal dispute. The group’s hierarchy were furious that he had dragged it into a domestic incident.
McGaw has been booted out of the UVF on two occasions and has also been the victim of a punishment shooting.
He was stood down in 2000 for refusing to come back from holiday during the UVF/ UDA feud, but was eventually allowed to return.
He was thrown out again in 2006 over the murder of William ‘Wassy’ Paul’s nephew Stephen. It was claimed he had ordered the killing to settle an old score under the guise of a feud between the LVF and UVF.
He was brought back into the fold by Bunter Graham as head of an internal security team.
But former colleagues say this was his last chance.
“You can’t be a criminal and a loyalist so he had to go.”