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Police Ombudsman begins investigation into Lurgan PSNI conduct

5 July, 2006


Sinn Féin Assembly member for Upper Bann John O'Dowd and party Councillors Maurice Magill, Michael Talon and Mairead O'Dowd today met with the Police Ombudsman to make a formal complaint about the conduct of the PSNI in Lurgan on Friday evening when they facilitated a loyalist crowd to erect flags in the nationalist end of the town.

Mr O'Dowd said:

"There is currently a palpable anger within the nationalist community in Lurgan at recent events.

  • On Friday night the PSNI facilitated well known loyalists to erect flags in the nationalist end of the town.
  • On Saturday morning even more loyalist bunting was erected.
  • On Saturday night a loyalist parade coat trailed through the town centre.
  • On Sunday night Catholic owned homes on the Antrim Road were attacked by a loyalist mob and the PSNI failed to turn up when contacted by a local resident.
  • Another loyalist parade is planned for the two this Friday night and then another two are planned for the 12th.

"Today we asked that Police Ombudsman to investigate the events of last Friday evening when the PSNI arrived in the town centre in large numbers to facilitate known loyalist paramilitaries to erect flags in the nationalist end of the town.

"We provided the Ombudsman with both video evidence and testimony from those of us at the scene. I would also appeal to anyone else present to make contact with the Ombudsman‚s Office and assist her inquiry. The Police Ombudsman has pledged to deal with this matter as speedily as possible." ENDS

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