Police are investigating after obscene comments were shouted during a republican parade yesterday.
UKIP councillor Henry Reilly said that the demonstration in Kilkeel took place in two phases, one in the morning with four bands and one in the evening with two.
While most of those who had taken part in the day’s proceedings were respectful, he said during the return part some “abusive comments” were shouted at members of the town’s Protestant community.
Asked if there had been much trouble at the march, he said: “No, none at all. The protestant community have been very disciplined. People were saying that, if they didn’t want to be insulted, they’d just stay away.”
As for the morning part of the parade, the PSNI said: “The route taken by all of the participating bands were as notified to the Parades Commission.
“All determinations made by the Parades Commission were complied with during the morning phase of the parade.”
However, when it came to the return route, the PSNI said: “Police are aware of obscenities being shouted during the return parade in Kilkeel this evening (Friday).
“An investigation is under way into the incident.”
It was also said that tricolours had been put up outside Protestant churches in the town, to which the PSNI responded: “The removal of flags is not the responsibility of the PSNI and police can only act to remove flags where there are substantial risks to public safety.