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DUP North Antrim MLA and Policing Board representative Mervyn Storey commented following a Board meeting with the Chief Constable relating to the street violence in recent days.

Mr Storey said,

‘‘Violence on our streets is wrong and can never be justified. Attacks on police officers must stop and stop now.

The DUP has been in regular contact with the PSNI at a local level through district commanders and neighbourhood policing teams. We will continue to work with the police to urge calm and keep residents and businesses safe.

The independent finding that the police facilitated a defence from prosecution for senior members of Sinn Fein who attended the Storey funeral makes the Chief Constable’s position is untenable. That hasn’t changed. The DUP Policing Board members will reiterate this when they meet with Simon Byrne alongside other parties this afternoon.

Those who believe the Chief Constable’s position is beyond reproach are part of the problem, not the solution.

If there wasn't a case to answer why did the Justice Minister agree with the Policing Board for HMIC to carry out an independent investigation into the events leading up to the funeral and commission such an approach?

Legitimate and widespread concerns in the Unionist community about fairness in policing and our criminal justice system cannot be swept under the carpet.

Public anger with the special treatment afforded to Sinn Fein lawbreakers is understandable but it must be expressed through exclusively peaceful and democratic means. The first step to restoring confidence must be full accountability for decisions taken.''