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Chief Constable praises 'good work' of police after Jamie Bryson arrest

PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton praised the work of police following the arrest of loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson on Thursday.

Police said Mr Bryson was arrested as part of a Paramilitary Crime Task Force and Security Industry Authority (SIA) investigation into the east Belfast UVF.

He was arrested on suspicion of unlawfully supplying door staff after searches in Ards and North Down.

Mr Bryson, who is listed at Companies House as a director of JJ Security Services Ltd, has denied any wrongdoing.

Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph on Friday morning Mr Bryson rejected police claims that the searches were linked to an investigation linked to the UVF.

Police said that Mr Bryson was later released on bail pending further enquiries, though Mr Bryson claims he refused to be bailed due to conditions police wished to impose on him.

On Twitter in response to the arrest the Chief Constable praised the "good work" of the Paramilitary Crime Task Force and (SIA).

In response Mr Bryson scoffed at the "good work" comment claiming police had put out "inaccurate" tweets and statements.

"No mention of ANY paramilitary activity in search warrants. No charge," he responded to the chief constable.

UUP MLA Doug Beattie called for clarification from the PSNI after the conflicting claims from police and Mr Bryson.

"I have to say this concerns me given PSNI statements and I'd like to know what's going on," he wrote.

Police have been asked for a response.

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