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Six loyalist bandsmen breached ban on music

BY ALAN ERWIN

Six members of a loyalist flute band have been convicted of defying a ban on playing tunes outside a Catholic Church in north Belfast.

Even though half of the defendants had no instruments, all of them were found guilty of knowingly breaching the Parades Commission determination.

A judge accepted prosecution claims that they were "in it together" as a joint enterprise.

The six, all members of the Constable Anderson Memorial Flute Band from Larne, Co Antrim, each received a 12-month conditional discharge.

Prosecutions were brought following their participation in a Royal Black Institution march in August 2012.

Bands had been permitted to sound nothing more than a single drum beat as they passed St Patrick's Church on their route along Donegall Street.

Appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court were: John Workman, of unknown age and from Craigy Hill; Michael Armstrong (23), of Garron Crescent; Stephen Read (37), from Station Road; Ryan Girvan (27), from Branch Road; Richard Todd (40) and Darren Lowe (42), both of Regents Park in the town.

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