Man bailed over church parade incident

Published Friday, 07 September 2012
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A man arrested in north Belfast in connection with an incident outside St Patrick's Church on the Twelfth of July has been released on bail.

Man bailed over church parade incident
A band was filmed marching in circles outside a Catholic church. (© YouTube)

According to police, the man was arrested on Friday on suspicion of provocative conduct and common assault.

The 33-year-old has since been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

It comes after controversy surrounding a parade in the Donegall Upper Street area, when a loyalist band were filmed marching in circles outside the Catholic church.

They were accused of playing the sectarian Famine Song, but later claimed the tune had been the Beach Boys track Sloop John B.

In August, loyalist bands defied a ruling by the Parades Commission that only a single drumbeat should be played when passing the church during a Royal Black Institution parade.

Earlier this week, the institution issued an apology for any offence the conduct caused to the clergy and parishioners of St Patrick's Church.

© UTV News
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henry in north of ireland wrote (869 days ago):
ardoyne rioters arrested in their droves and sent to jail, loyalist rioters pick up 100 fines and suspended jail terms for six months, funny that aint it.
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