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PSNI chief challenged over police involvement in ‘anti-British’ New York parade

Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Matt Baggott.

Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, Matt Baggott.

Jim Allister has challenged the chief constable to explain why the PSNI took part in a parade the TUV leader claimed was “deliberately anti-British”.

Directing his comments at Matt Baggott, Mr Allister said: “The official guidelines for the New York St Patrick’s Day parade make it very clear that it is a deliberately anti-British event, epitomised by the fact that the only banner permitted is that which proclaims ‘England Get Out of Ireland’.

“So, why is the PSNI, a police service from the UK, officially participating in a parade behind an anti-British and offensive banner?”

A police spokeswoman confirmed that six PSNI officers participated in the St Patrick’s Day parade in New York – selected because of their participation in the 2013 World Police and Fire Games.

Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay said: “We are delighted to have six officers in New York representing the PSNI and participating in the St Patrick’s Day Parade.”

In Co Armagh, UUP MLA Danny Kennedy defended a decision by Cormeen band to parade in Armagh city last night. He said republicans should recognise the unionist tradition’s right to celebrate St Patrick.

 

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