Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Courts to sit on Sundays if trouble flares at G8 summit

The luxury Lough Erne golf resort in Co Fermanagh will be the location of June's meeting of world leaders
The luxury Lough Erne golf resort in Co Fermanagh will be the location of June's meeting of world leaders
Hundreds of extra holding cells have been freed up in anticipation of possible arrests during protests at this summer's G8 summit
Hundreds of extra holding cells have been freed up in anticipation of possible arrests during protests at this summer's G8 summit

Powers to hold court sittings on Sundays during the G8 will only be used when truly needed, Northern Ireland's Justice Minister promised.

Campaigners have criticised police over a massive security operation anticipating trouble from protesters. Measures include creating extra cells capable of holding 350 people and imposing a ring of steel around the luxury Lough Erne golf resort in Co Fermanagh, where June's meeting of world leaders is being held.

David Ford told the Assembly that Sunday court sittings would be used only in exceptional circumstances.

"This is only part and parcel of ensuring that this power is only deployed when it is truly needed," he said.

"I have made it clear that this is an exceptional power as part of a contingency plan to cater for potential trouble, there will not be Sunday courts as a matter of routine."

The measure was requested by PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott.

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