Belfast Telegraph

Eleventh Night: Public order incidents fall in Northern Ireland

By Sue Doherty

The PSNI had a busy night dealing with Eleventh bonfire related activities on Tuesday but they say that there was a welcome decline in the number of public order incidents.

While the exact number of arrests made is unlikely to be available until tomorrow, initial reports indicate that the number of incidents they deal with was down from last year.

Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd told the Belfast Telegraph: “It is pleasing to note that the annual downward trend of public order incidents on 11th July night has continued."

He added: “It was a busy night for police and we dealt with a number of incidents including reports of offensive behaviour, assault, antisocial behaviour and attacks on emergency services.

"Investigations into these incidents are ongoing.

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A quiet moment as the Sandy Row bonfire in south Belfast starts to die down. [Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye]

"We have gathered evidence in relation to some of the complaints and we will conduct further enquiries to endeavour to bring anyone responsible for criminal activity before the courts."

Despite these incidents, he explained, overall things continue to improve.

“While there were clearly tensions in some areas, the fact that there were no reports of significant disorder nor injury is to be welcomed," he said.

"We thank our partners in agencies and communities for helping us to ensure that this was the case.”

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