Belfast Telegraph

Police left furious by Gerry Kelly case, says union

By CHRIS KILPATRICK

The handling of a case involving a police constable who drove a vehicle while a Sinn Fein MLA clung to its bonnet is causing "widespread anger and disillusionment" throughout the force, the officer's union has said.

North Belfast MLA Gerry Kelly was carried for a short distance when he claimed he tried to speak to officers involved in the arrest of a teenager following a contentious loyalist parade last June.

Unionists reacted with fury when he escaped prosecution, instead accepting a caution on Monday. The following day the Public Prosecution Service said the police officer driving the Land Rover faced the same action.

Yesterday, the Police Federation said it had still not been contacted by the PPS and hit out at the handling of the situation.

"There is widespread anger throughout the Police Service," a spokesman said. "There is also growing disillusionment."

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