Loyalist band arrested over tunes

Published Friday, 12 October 2012
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Members of the Young Conway Volunteers, the band accused of playing sectarian tunes outside a Catholic church in Belfast on the Twelfth, have been arrested.

Loyalist band arrested over tunes
The video shows a band wearing the uniform of the Young Conway Volunteers. (© YouTube)

Police detained 11 men, aged between 15 and 42, on suspicion of provocative conduct outside St Patrick's Church at Donegall Street on 12 July this year.

A further three men were also interviewed by police, after attending voluntarily.

The men were also interviewed about a breach of the Parades Commission determination which occurred during another parade in Donegall Street on 25 August.

All 14 have now been released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service for both offences.

It comes after the Shankill-based band was filmed marching in circles and allegedly playing sectarian tunes outside the church.

The band said it was performing a Beach Boys song.

Police said the members were arrested in north Belfast over the past number of days and questioned about their actions on the Twelfth.

The incident led to the parades watchdog placing restrictions on another loyal Order parade on through the same part of the city on 25 August.

The determination was breached and this formed part of the police questioning.

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hevs in belfast wrote (770 days ago):
PITY ALL THIS NATIONALIST ANGER AND INSULT WAS'NT FOCUSED MANY YEARS AGO WHEN THE IRA MURDERED THE INNOCENT CATHOLIC MASS GOERS WHO JUST HAPPENED TO BE POLICEMEN OR JUDGES DAUGHTERS !! CAN'T SAY I REMEMBER TOO MANY NATIONALIST PROTESTS OUTSIDE THE SACRED PLACES AGAINST PROVO ACTIVITY !THERE WAS'NT MUCH RESPECT SHOWN THEN WAS THERE ?
Questions need answered in belfast wrote (770 days ago):
Just wondering do any of the unionist loyalist or orange brethern could tell me if the famine song cd or other assorted loyalist terrorist cds on sale inside stormont grounds during the recent covenant march were offencive to those whos innocent relitives were murdered by loyalist death squads and was the plainly labbeled famine song cd just a beach boys number cmon utv post the comment questioning these blatant displays of terrorist support inside the seat of goverment at the protestant covenant march
Stuart in Belfast wrote (770 days ago):
Gerard you have got it wrong yet again! How will the PSNI prove this wasnt a beach boys melody? Its akin to a band playing Col Bogey outside an Asian restaurant and someone saying they were playing bridge on the river kwai!! prove it! Look at the Dungiven situation and put your own house in order, wasnt only catholics affected by the famine. Everyone has become a musical expert, wrong song, drums too loud, didnt like the way the bass drummer hit the drum. Get real and act your age the lot of you!
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (770 days ago):
And the lesson is, if you break the law then be prepared for the consequences. Onionist fury on this website is unbelivable. I counldn't care less who you are, break the law and you should be dealt with according to the law. And 15 year olds getting a criminal record? Yes, it happens. It is the result of unlawful activity that people get criminal records. Perhaps you feel that the PSNI should go soft on certain criminals of a particular cultural/political standing? I disagree. They aren't the RUC, after all. Well those in front line duties as opposed to backroom temporary staff.....
G in north belfast wrote (770 days ago):
Orange culture? hahaha burning flags? inciting hatred? wearing silly uniforms and hats? celebrating a dutch guy? waving the red hand of ulster, an irish symbol thinking its their own? pathetic, instead of marching maybe they should do a night class at college, maybe learn about how william of orange fought for the pope. bunch of idiots
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