Published Monday, 07 July 2014
Councillor McShane criticised 'police inactivity' on the night the flag went up. (© Pacemaker)
Independent councillor for the area Padraig McShane said the flag was put up last Wednesday on a telegraph pole at the Church of Our Lady and St John the Evangelist in the Co Antrim village.
Police spoke to youths erecting flags that night but no arrests were made.
Mr McShane said: "There's a select minority that are engaged in this but the majority of this community want nothing to do with it.
"I'm well aware of police inactivity on the night and of those that were present."
Police said officers on a routine patrol in Dervock spoke to a number of youths were erecting flags in the Knock Road area last Wednesday.
Officers are also aware that kerb stones have been painted but said no complaint was made.
A spokesperson for the PSNI said: "Police are not treating this as a hate incident as no complaint of this character has been made to police".
He went on to explain: "The removal of flags is not the responsibility of the PSNI and police can only act to remove flags where there are substantial risks to public safety.
"Until the 'Joint Protocol in Relation to the Display of Flags in Public Areas' is updated, the Police Service of Northern Ireland will continue to work with communities and respond to any issue where there is a concern for public safety or where it is believed a criminal offence has occurred.
"The experience within policing shows that the approach most likely to provide for public safety and prevention of disorder is based on the principles of engagement between local communities working with agencies including local police and resulting in local decision-making."
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