Extra police arrive in case of Twelfth trouble


Stormont’s Justice Minister David Ford has met a number of mutual aid officers from Great Britain who have been deployed to the region over the Twelfth.

The officers were also in Northern Ireland to assist with the security operation around the G8 summit in Co Fermanagh in June.

“This morning I met officers from the North of England and the East Midlands, amongst others, to express my gratitude to them for supporting the PSNI,” said Mr Ford.

“The mutual aid requirement is designed to ensure that normal policing functions across Northern Ireland will continue to be delivered by PSNI over the coming days, just as was the case during the G8.”

The minister added: “As we move into the main parades of the season we want to ensure that we build upon recent successes and that Northern Ireland remains in the spotlight for all the positive reasons.

“It is in the interests of everyone in Northern Ireland that respect and tolerance is displayed to ensure the continuation of a peaceful summer.”