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PSNI need to learn lessons following Moygashel poster inaction - Kelly

4 August, 2016 - by Gerry Kelly

North Belfast MLA and member of the Policing Board Gerry Kelly has said lessons need to be learned from the debacle surrounding the erection of an offensive loyalist poster in Moygashel, which mocked the deaths of four local men.    

Speaking following a meeting of the Policing Board where Mr Kelly raised the issue, he said:

“I wrote to the Chief Constable on police inaction over the Billy Wright poster in Moygashel, and the comments that followed from the PSNI, which caused further hurt to the families of four men who were murdered in Cappagh.

 “It is very clear that the message contained on the poster was offensive and insulting to the families of these four men. 

“The response from the PSNI to the erection of this particular banner can only be described as wholly unsatisfactory.

“While the Chief Constable apologised for the wording the PSNI issued on the incident, the local officer who put out the statement should have apologised directly to the families. 

“The PSNI need to learn lessons from this. This cannot be allowed to happen again and I made this clear that the Policing Board.

“The PSNI are the lead body in any flags protocol and when serious offence is caused they need to act.”

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