Police must monitor and act on Londonderry parade: Middleton

The DUP's Gary Middleton has said that police must closely monitor the Easter parade due to take place in Londonderry which is linked to the dissident republican organisation Saoradh.

By Gary Middleton MLA


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He said, "Whilst the Parades Commission appear desperate to highlight that they have no legal power to ban a parade, the conditions imposed upon this event are pitifully weak.

The Commission has however accepted that the parade is "an insult" to the family of Lyra McKee. As such the PSNI have a duty to ensure that the parade is properly and closely monitored with officers on the ground who will intervene should there be a breach of any conditions imposed upon the parade.

I have spoken to the police today about the parade and I know they recognise the sensitivities of it taking place on the third anniversary of the murder of Lyra McKee. They must ensure that it is not used as a vehicle to glorify terrorism and demonstrate that they will act and be seen to act where necessary."

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