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Gerry Kelly 'regrets' removing wheel clamp: Statement in full

Gerry Kelly has said he regrets his actions on Friday in removing the wheel clamp from his car with bolt cutters.

In a statement the north Belfast MLA said:

“I came out of the gym just after 8am to head to Stormont for talks.

“I saw that my car had been clamped.

“I phoned the number on the notice and the only response I got was music.

"I then went in to the Mac and asked had they another number for the company.

“I immediately rang that number and this number was out of use.

“I was under pressure to get to the talks meetings.

“I remembered that the gym had a set of bolt cutters and I borrowed them.

”Let me add that staff at the gym were not aware what I was using the bolt cutters for.

"I then removed the clamp.

“I made an on-the-spot decision which I now regret.

“I have contacted the company and paid the fine. The issue has now been resolved.”

General view of a clamping zone on Exchange Street in Belfast City Centre where footage was recorded of Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly removing a clamp from his car. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
General view of a clamping zone on Exchange Street in Belfast City Centre where footage was recorded of Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly removing a clamp from his car. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
General view of a clamping zone on Exchange Street in Belfast City Centre where footage was recorded of Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly removing a clamp from his car. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
General view of a clamping zone on Exchange Street in Belfast City Centre where footage was recorded of Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly removing a clamp from his car. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
General view of a clamping zone on Exchange Street in Belfast City Centre where footage was recorded of Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly removing a clamp from his car. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
The CCTV footage of Gerry Kelly using bolt cutters to remove clamp
The CCTV footage of Gerry Kelly using bolt cutters to remove clamp
The CCTV footage of Gerry Kelly using bolt cutters to remove clamp
The CCTV footage of Gerry Kelly using bolt cutters to remove clamp

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