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DUP man under fire for online Kelly comment

THE DUP is once again at the centre of a social media controversy after a party representative appeared to support a suggestion that north Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly 'should be shot in the head'.

Bobby Rice, a DUP community outreach worker who has worked closely with north Belfast MP Nigel Dodds and MLA William Humphrey, appeared to support a comment posted on his Facebook page.

Mr Rice had last week posted a comment criticising the Nolan Show and the BBC for giving "Bomber Kelly" free reign while "The fat boy interrupts and questions everything William Humphrey says".

One of Mr Rice's Facebook friends, Alan Harris then commented: "someone should just put 1 in the back of his nut!"

Mr Rice replied: "Careful mate fb may bar u but fair one."

The post has since been removed from Mr Rice's wall but will not sit well with the DUP which moved quickly to say that he was not employed by the party and does not speak for the party.

Rice has been a supporter of the protest camp on Twaddell Avenue and was photographed with Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland and MLA William Humphrey wearing an Orange sash.

It is the second major social media controversy for the party to deal with in recent months as south Belfast councillor Ruth Patterson is facing criminal proceedings over comments she made in relation to a fictional attack on Sinn Fein leaders at a republican parade in Castlederg, co Tyrone.

Mr Rice is currently the vice-chair of the Carrickfergus Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP).

A police spokesperson said that no complaint had yet been made about the post.

"When a report is made to police regarding information posted on social media sites, officers will investigate and where criminal offence has occurred, appropriate action will be taken," they added.

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