Jamie Bryson makes formal complaint to PSNI about Gerry Kelly

Former Ulster People’s Forum chairman Jamie Bryson said he has made a formal complaint against Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly.

Mr Bryson made the complaint this morning at Bangor PSNI station after footage emerged of Mr Kelly involved in an incident with a PSNI landrover.

Jamie Bryson

Jamie Bryson

The prominent flag protester was arrested in March and is currently under a number of bail conditions. Last week he was refused permission to take part in a war memorial ceremony in Bangor.

UPF chairman John Wilson said that Mr Bryson today presented PSNI with a still photograph from the Irish News and claimed he had been remanded for less and asked for the PSNI to investigate.

In a statement the UPF said: “The UPF will be watching with interest at the speed of the PSNI investigation and whether the same laws are used against Mr Kelly as was used against loyalist flag protestors. The law must be equally upheld.”

Mr Kelly said he had been trying to talk to a police officer over the arrest of a 16-year-old youth at the Peter’s Hill side of Carrickhill on Friday night following the passing of the Tour of the North parade. He slammed the actions of police as “reckless and dangerous”.

Sinn Fein said that Culture Minister Caral Ni Chuilin had to be taken to hospital following the incident with the landrover for treatment for injuries.

A spokesman from the PSNI said in response to Mr Kelly’s comments: “The incident involving Mr Gerry Kelly and Ms Carál Ní Chuilín at Peters Hill tonight has been referred to the office of the Police Ombuidsman and they are investigating.”