Belfast Telegraph

14 quizzed over 'provocative' music

Fourteen members of a loyalist band have been questioned by police on suspicion of provocative conduct outside a Catholic Church in Belfast on the Twelfth of July.

The Young Conway Volunteers flute band, which is based in the city's Shankill Road, was accused of playing sectarian music outside St Patrick's Church in Donegall Street.

Members were videoed marching in circles outside the church playing an allegedly provocative tune.

The incident prompted the Parades Commission to ban the band from passing the church during another loyal order parade on August 25 - a restriction it subsequently breached.

Eleven members were arrested, while three attended interviews voluntarily.

A number of other band members have been arrested in recent weeks, with one man charged.

Police said the latest arrests took place in north Belfast over the last few days. The 11 males are aged between 15 and 42.

Officers said three other males were interviewed by police, having attended voluntarily.

All 14 were also questioned with regard to the breach of the Parades Commission determination in August.

The PSNI said all 14 were released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.


From Belfast Telegraph