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Frustration at PSNI failure to deal with loyalist band ‘supporters’

24 June, 2009

Sinn Féin North Belfast Councillor Teirna Cunningham has said that local residents in Glengormley were angry at the failure of PSNI officers on the ground to deal with Loyalist band ‘supporters’ who hurled sectarian abuse at children and young people during a band parade through the nationalist Church Road area last night.

The Loyalist band supporters had come into the Church Road area ahead of a Loyalist band parade and gathered on a green adjacent to an area young people play football.

Cllr Cunningham said:

“The behaviour of Loyalist band supporters last night was a disgrace. The filth and sectarian abuse directed at local residents and young people was deeply offensive and provocative. Local people should not have to put up with this type of abuse.

“The failure of the PSNI officers on the ground to deal effectively with the situation was in stark contrast to some of the responsive policing we have seen in recent days where the PSNI did try and diffuse difficult situations both here and also in the Carrick Hill area.

“The challenge for the PSNI is to achieve a consistent response to the concerns of local residents in the face of provocative and sectarian behaviour.” ENDS

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