Members of a loyalist flute band have received death threats - the day after successfully appealing convictions for provocatively playing a sectarian tune outside a Catholic Church in north Belfast.
PSNI officers last night called at the homes of 17 members of the Young Conway Volunteers to warn them of the threats.
Charges had been brought against members of the band after it was alleged they played a sectarian song while marching in a circle at St Patrick's Chapel on Donegall Street during a Twelfth of July parade in 2012. The convictions were quashed after the accused agreed to be bound over to keep the peace.
North Belfast DUP MLA William Humphrey condemned the threats. "No one has the right to issue threats against anyone else and these sectarian threats should be condemned by everyone, especially since some of those who were visited by the police are children," he said.
"It seems that there are those in the republican community who are unhappy that justice prevailed and that the court convictions were quashed."
TUV councillor Jolene Bunting said: "Having seen these young men cleared by the courts, republicans now revert to type and seek to take the law into their own hands. This is totally unacceptable and I would appeal to the PSNI to show the same vigour in bringing those responsible to justice as they did in their attempts to prosecute the band."