'Alleged flasher' tied to lamppost in west Belfast vigilante attack
Police have launched an investigation after a man was tied to a lamppost in an apparent vigilantism incident in west Belfast on Thursday night.
Officers responded to a report shortly before 9.00pm that a man had been tied up in the St James' Road area.
Police released the man who had sustained minor injuries.
Allegations later surfaced online claiming that the man had exposed his genitals to passers-by in the area. Last night photos were circulating on social media websites showing the man holding a hand-written placard showing the words 'I am a pervert.'
The incident has led police to issue a statement condemning vigilantism:
"The PSNI is responsible for law enforcement and does not tolerate any type of vigilante activity," said the statement.
"Neighbourhood police officers are committed to working in partnership with local communities to address any issues or concerns and it is vital that anyone with information on any illegal activity contacts their neighbourhood police officers, their local police station or indeed a community representative who can pass the information to police so that the matter can be fully investigated by police officers and anyone who may have acted illegally can be dealt with accordingly."