Kelly receives PSNI 'informed warning'

Kelly receives PSNI 'informed warning'

Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly has received an informed warning from police over his actions during an Orange Order parade in north Belfast during the summer.

On Monday, the politician said the PSNI warning related to his "standing with the community in Carrickhill".Mr Kelly was criticised by DUP First Minister Peter Robinson as "reckless" after he stood in front of an armoured Land Rover to try to speak to police about the arrest of a young man.He was pushed down the street on the front of the PSNI vehicle."I believed at the time I did the right thing," Mr Kelly said."I was part of calming a very difficult situation. I have always believed that this is a matter which should not be brought before the courts."Mr Kelly is the second politician to receive such a warning in recent months.DUP councillor Ruth Patterson was also given an informed warning over a "grossly offensive" post which she made on Facebook.Reacting to the news, TUV leader Jim Allister said the decision to deliver an informed warning to Gerry Kelly "amounts to nothing".Mr Allister MLA claimed: "This will do nothing to restore loyalist faith in policing, but, rather, it will perpetuate the present disconnect."DUP MP Nigel Dodds said: "For him to escape with nothing more than an informed warning will lead to the perception of imbalance within the justice system particularly in comparison to other cases. This does not inspire confidence in the impartiality of the system."


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