Above: Sunderland Loyalist Association (SLA) members dressed in black, armed with a variety of weapons.
Above: Members of the Sunderland Defence Force (SDF) dressed in casual clothing armed with AKs.
Within the town of Sunderland there are two main Loyalist groups, the SLA and the SDF, both of which fight against the SRM in and around Sunderland. Their numbers are low but they make up for that in their determination to fight for Queen and Country.
They get their arms from a number of sources, including the British Army and include SLRs and AK47s. They also have access to Sterling SMGs and Browninh Hi Power handguns.
They work in cohesion with the British Army and act as an auxiliary unit, patrolling areas with high Republican activities. Gunfire has been heard around the Grindon area, as well as around the town centre, with Loyalists fighting alongside the British Army.
Although both of the Loyalist paramilitaries are fighting for the same cause, there are many cases of inter-fighting between the two groups.
DISCLAIMER: Although my project holds parallels to that of The Troubles, I do not condone the actions of either side of the conflict and I believe that it was a terrible time in British, and Irish, history.