Whiterock parade passes off peacefully

Whiterock parade passes off peacefully

Police have said an Orange Order parade passed off "without significant incident" in west Belfast on Saturday afternoon.

There was a large police presence in the area as the march made its way along the Springfield Road.Seventeen bands and 850 participants took part in the procession according to police.A nationalist residents' group, which objects to the marchers passing through the area, held a protest as the parade went by.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)PSNI A District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw commented: "Whilst a significant policing operation was in place to ensure the event passed off peacefully I want to commend and thank those involved with the parade and those involved in protest for their efforts in ensuring the day was a success."Police are investigating one minor incident when a member of the public attempted to walk through the procession on the Springfield Road, however this did not detract from the good work by all involved in managing the events of the day."Looking forward, I continue to encourage those with influence and responsibility in any future parades and protests to work together with the police to ensure that the end result is as positive and peaceful as we have witnessed over recent weeks."Whiterock parade passes of peacefully. V minor scuffles as marchers passed through peacewall gate at Workmans Av. pic.twitter.com/PUOcXjgeEQ— Sara Moore (@saramoore_utv) June 28, 2014

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