Jamie Bryson's parade ban lifted

Published Wednesday, 11 June 2014
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High-profile loyalist flag protestor Jamie Bryson is no longer banned from attending parades.

Jamie Bryson's parade ban lifted
The judge suspended Bryson's bail so he could go on holiday. (© Presseye)

The 24-year-old, who faces charges of participating in unlawful processions, had been prohibited from being within a mile of any demonstration as part of his bail terms.

But on Wednesday a judge at Belfast Magistrates' Court granted a defence application for the condition to be lifted.

Bryson can now go to events over the marching season so long as they comply with Parades Commission notification requirements. He must also inform police of his plans in advance.

Bryson, from Rosepark in Donaghadee, Co Down, is accused of four counts of taking part in un-notified public processions.

He faces a further charge of obstructing traffic on Belfast's Newtownards Road.

All of the alleged offences are linked to demonstrations following the decision in December 2012 to restrict the flying of the Union flag at City Hall.

Bryson is set to contest the charges at a hearing listed for July.

Previous prohibitions on him making public speeches, using social media and giving press interviews in connection with the flags dispute have already been relaxed.

In court, defence barrister Richard McConkey sought permission for his client to now be allowed to attend notified and lawful processions.

With no opposition from police, District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted the application.

She also agreed to suspend Bryson's bail terms for a two-week period this month so that he can go on holiday to an undisclosed location.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Joe in Belfast wrote (229 days ago):
Protesting and Marching did anyone tell them the war, conflict, the troubles, whatever is over. Get on with your life and stop acting like your a superior race. Its all in your own heads.
belfast in belfast wrote (230 days ago):
Great to hear that.
leanne in bangor wrote (230 days ago):
thats good jamie should be allowed to attend any parade he wants as its his culture and he doesnt cause any harm only stands for what he believes in , well done jamie
Ryan in Belfast wrote (230 days ago):
He should be locked up
DP in Belfast wrote (230 days ago):
his record isn't entirely in his favour, he still has to notify police of his attendance
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