Belfast Telegraph

Police body urges talks on parades

By Rebecca Black

The representative body for rank-and-file police officers has urged all sides in disputes over parades to engage in talks to resolve their differences.

Police Federation chairman Terry Spence said officers "paid a heavy price for maintaining law and order last year and I hope that this year things will be different".

"Legitimate protest is one thing but it is an entirely different matter when the hooligans and paramilitary thugs take over and orchestrate attacks on officers. They do Northern Ireland a great disservice, as do those who would attempt to justify or explain the actions of the mob," he said.

Last July 12 scores of PSNI officers were injured in north Belfast after the Parades Commission refused to allow a parade to return home along the Crumlin Road.

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