Appeal for calm as Apprentice Boys parade looms in Derry
The SDLP has appealed for calm ahead of the Apprentice Boys parade through Londonderry on Saturday.
And following a meeting with senior police officers yesterday, Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey said he and his party colleagues feel “reassured” about policing provision for the march.
The discussion came amid heightened fears after a dissident republican car bomb exploded outside Strand Road PSNI station in Derry last Tuesday ahead of the annual Relief of Derry parade, which is set to attract hundreds of people.
There have been attacks at interface flashpoints across the city recently as well as an attack on the statue of Siege of Derry hero Governor Walker at the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall.
Mr Ramsey and party colleagues met with area commander, Chief Supt Stephen Martin to convey concerns expressed by traders and local residents about the impact of the march.
Mr Ramsey appealed for calm from those taking part in the parade and the planned republican protest.