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Sinn Féin Seek Ombudsman Meeting After Joint PSNI/LVF Operation

3 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd has revealed that he is seeking an urgent meeting with the Police Ombudsman to initiate a formal complaint into the joint PSNI/LVF operation which was mounted in Lurgan town centre on Friday night to erect loyalist flags in nationalist end of the town.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"Sinn Féin have managed to compile a significant amount of video evidence clearly showing the PSNI working hand in glove with senior LVF figures to erect loyalist flags in Luragn town centre on Friday night. This despite the fact that PSNI members attempted to steal mobile phones and other photographic equipment from nationalists monitoring their behaviour.

"Up to six PSNI land rovers and dozens of armed PSNI members in riot gear hemmed the nationalist community in as the illegal operation to erect the flags was completed. Nationalists in Lurgan are furious both with the erection of the flags and the role of the PSNI and LVF in this on Friday night.

"I am seeking an urgent meeting with the Police Ombudsman to initiate a formal complaint part of which will obviously be the video evidence we have accumulated in addition to witness statements." ENDS

Editors Note: Sinn Fein Assembly member John O'Dowd along with local Councillor Michael Tallon and other Sinn Fein members were present throughout the PSNI operation on Friday night.

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