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The DUP held discussions with the Chief Constable this morning via video conference. The meeting was led by DUP Leader and First Minister Arlene Foster and attended by the Party’s Policing Board members, Mervyn Storey MLA, Joanne Bunting MLA, Thomas Buchanan MLA and Trevor Clarke MLA.

Commenting afterwards Mrs Foster said,

“Our lead Policing Board member Mervyn Storey had written to the Chief Constable on 3 July outlining some questions which the police needed to address following the funeral of Bobby Storey and other alleged breaches of the Covid-19 regulations.

It is vital that the police send out a clear signal in all their actions that no one is above the law. There can be no special status as far as the law is concerned. We are all equal under the law and equally subject to it.

The Chief Constable has a duty to fully investigate all alleged breaches and demonstrate to the public that the rules are being implemented fairly.”

Mervyn Storey said,

“There are very significant questions for the police to answer as to what engagement they had with the organisers of the Bobby Storey funeral and the nature of that engagement. There are many law-abiding citizens deeply angered and concerned that the policing of this funeral seems to have taken a different approach to other mass gatherings.

We now know that Bobby Storey was not buried in Milltown Cemetery even though hundreds of people gathered there for speeches. We also know that Roselawn Cemetery seemed to have special rules in place for Bobby Storey too. We cannot have a situation where some are more equal than others.

Fundamental to a society based on law and order is that we are all equal under the law. Today’s meeting was an opportunity to remind the Chief Constable that irreparable damage would be done to the reputation of the police if this investigation was not seen to be handled in a manner which is beyond reproach.”