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Brady challenges PSNI after masked man erects 'Soldier F' banner in Armagh

14 June, 2019 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MP Mickey Brady has challenged the PSNI to explain why a masked man was allowed to put up a controversial banner in Armagh city centre supporting an ex-British soldier facing murder charges over the Bloody Sunday massacre. 

The Newry and Armagh MP said: 

"In broad daylight a masked man put up a controversial banner in the middle of Armagh city centre expressing support of Soldier F, the former British soldier facing murder charges in relation to Bloody Sunday. 

"PSNI officers were nearby at at the time and watched the masked man put up this banner but did not intervene. 

"It is wrong that this banner has been erected in Armagh city centre in the first instance but it is absolutely unacceptable that the PSNI stood by at the bottom of the ladder and watched while a masked man put it up. 

"Incidents like this do nothing to support efforts to build community confidence in the PSNI. 

"I have called for an urgent meeting with the PSNI over this and will be challenging them to explain why police officers stood by and watched while a masked man was in the city centre in broad daylight."

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