Frazer charged, Bryson arrested

Published Thursday, 28 February 2013
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Willie Frazer, a key organiser of the loyalist flag protests, has been charged with public order offences.

Frazer charged, Bryson arrested
Jamie Bryson and Willie Frazer address crowds at a flag protest in February (© Presseye)

The PSNI confirmed that a man, 52, is accused of various offences including three counts of taking part in an unnotified public procession and obstructing traffic in a public place.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday.

The veteran victims campaigner was arrested at Markethill, Co Armagh on Wednesday.

The development came on the same day Ulster People's Forum spokesperson Jamie Bryson was arrested by officers from the Operation Dulcet probe into loyalist flag disorder.

A police spokesperson confirmed that a 23-year-old has been detained by the inquiry team in Bangor on suspicion of public order offences relating to the protests.

He is currently in custody assisting police with their inquiries.

The loyalist figure said on Wednesday that he would not be handing himself into police, after raids were carried out on his house in Donaghadee.

Officers from the Operation Dulcet inquiry team had the power to arrest Mr Bryson on the spot when they called at his door in North Down on Wednesday morning.

But Mr Bryson was not home at the time, which prompted police searches of offices in the nearby Kilcooley Estate.

They also towed away his car.

The taskforce is investigating offences linked to loyalist demonstrations that have been ongoing since December, in response to a council vote to reduce the number of days that the Union flag flies at City Hall.

© UTV News
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jimmymac in canada wrote (598 days ago):
Groaning @Gary in Newry. Please stop living in the past, and stop blaming all the North Irish wrongs... on the Republicans.thinking in those terms only exacerbate the problems and promotes Rage and hate on all sides. Yesterday is dead and gone.and at-lest for the sake of the young ones. I think its high time you move on...
Gary in Newry, UK wrote (598 days ago):
@ Plastic Brendan "Mabye they should be fined for all the money that traders lost in Belfast, the cost of policing their illegal protests, and the clean up after the riots!" Yes, I agree and would you agree with me that martin, gerry, and the old baily bomber and co should foot the bill for 30+ years of murder and commercial destruction????
Eamo in Belfast wrote (599 days ago):
To big g you were right the Easter parade did have uniforms and replica guns all passes by the parades commisson and PSNI, so this was legal and as you say it was on the Falls Road not in centre of town. There are others around the state too but unlike the illegal parades they applied for them. Every single person is entitled to apply and if passed can march. This is called legal parading. You claim to support the Union but want to break their laws. If you live in a particular portion of a government run society then you MUST live by the rules set by the ministers you put into power.
Brendan in Boston wrote (600 days ago):
Mabye they should be fined for all the money that traders lost in Belfast, the cost of policing their illegal protests, and the clean up after the riots! No wonder the place is a crap hole and nobody wants to visit when you have two clowns like this disrupting the place every single weekend!
Cant stop in Laughing wrote (600 days ago):
Are these people serious about human rights violations. If you want to know about human rights violations go and read up on your history. Particularly Derry in 1969!!! You idiots are making fools of yourselves with your stupid accusations and the whole world is laughing. Jamie and Willie have only one goal - to try and stir things up so we can return to the tensions that were around at the height of the troubles. Well I have news for you - you have no backing from any decent law abiding citizens Catholic or Protestant. So go away, and crawl back into the slimy holes you came out of and let us get on with our lives
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