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DUP hit out at man aiming gun at parade in controversial video

The DUP has hit out at a man pointing what appears to be a gun at an Orange parade while wearing paramilitary-style clothing.

In the video the individual appears in the front room of a house, and points the alleged weapon at passing marchers through the window.

The Randalstown parade took place on Sunday afternoon.

It is unclear whether the gun is real or a replica.

DUP MP Paul Girvan said the image was a "deeply disturbing display of hate and intolerance aimed towards those participating in the Randalstown District parade".

"This parade was made up of Orangemen, women and young children, making their way to and from a church service," he said.

"It is beyond comprehension that someone would be so warped as to dress themselves up in paramilitary attire and aim what appears to be a firearm at those on parade.

"Such hate cannot go unchallenged and it must be investigated by the PSNI. It should be relatively simple to identify the house in which this video was recorded and speak to the occupants. The police must carry this out as a matter of urgency given the likely presence of a firearm at the property."

The footage was also condemned by UUP leader Robin Swann.

He said it was "absolutely sickening that he appears to target the children on parade".

Mr Swann said he had contacted the police about the footage.

A police spokeswoman said: "Police are aware of the footage posted on social media and are carrying out a number of enquiries to determine what, if any, offence has been committed, and the person involved."

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