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Police chief in U-turn over new PSNI badge without words 'Northern Ireland'

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The proposed rebranding for the PSNI which has now been abandoned

The proposed rebranding for the PSNI which has now been abandoned

The proposed rebranding for the PSNI which has now been abandoned

The Chief Constable was "wrong" to try to introduce changes to the PSNI's crest, a leading unionist politician said after Simon Byrne did a U-turn on his proposals.

As part of a refresh to the PSNI's branding, Mr Byrne had publicly announced a plan to drop the words "Northern Ireland" from the badge. The crest is widely used on vehicles and uniforms across the force.

He said the proposals had been "widely shared with key stakeholders including the Policing Board" - although two members expressed surprise at this statement.