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Concerns over PSNI Hands Off approach to loyalist violence - Kelly

26 July, 2011 - by Gerry Kelly


Concerns over PSNI Hands Off approach to loyalist violence - Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA and member of the Policing Board, Gerry Kelly, has said there are serious concerns that the PSNI have a hands off approach when it comes to dealing with loyalists who are involved in rioting.


Speaking today Mr Kelly said:

“There are serious concerns being voiced over the approach taken by the PSNI in relation to those who are involved in rioting over the past year. There is a strong perception that there exists a hands off approach when it comes to the PSNI dealing with loyalist violence.

“To date there has been 59 people arrested in Belfast, Portadown and Derry for disturbances over the twelfth of July. Yet there have been no arrests over loyalist rioting in Ballyclare, Newtonabbey and Carrickfergus that saw 15 cars destroyed and a bus driven at the PSNI.

“This follows a similar patterns last year when 52 people were charged over rioting in Ardoyne yet only 1 loyalist was charged with two nights of rioting in Rathcoole in October and only 9 arrests following two nights of UVF attacks on the Short Strand a number of weeks ago.

“These figures point to an obvious disparity in the approach taken by the PSNI. Nothing can justify those who were responsible for rioting yet nothing can also justify these figures and the PSNI have serious questions to answer. 

“I have raised this at the Policing Board on a number of occasions and I will be pursuing this matter at further meetings.”

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