Pair charged over social media posts during band parade

Police investigated a video appearing to show a masked man pretending to fire shots at an Orange parade in Randalstown
Police investigated a video appearing to show a masked man pretending to fire shots at an Orange parade in Randalstown

A man and woman are to appear in court charged with possession of imitation firearms after police investigated social media posts made during a band parade in Randalstown.

The 35-year-old man and 53-year-old woman are accused of possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, provocative conduct, and electronic communications offences.

It comes after police investigated a video appearing to show a masked man pretending to fire shots at an Orange parade in the Co Antrim town.

The incident – which was filmed inside a house along the event route – took place in during a church parade on Sunday.

Police recovered imitation firearms during a search of a house at Station Road in the town on Monday.

Both accused are due to appear before Antrim Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, August 7.

As is normal procedure all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

South Antrim DUP MP Paul Girvan said, “I welcome the swift response to investigate the concerns raised after the videos came to light online. It is clear there was a recognition of the severity of the potential threat posed and a quick and professional operation was put in place.”