Bryson remanded into custody

Published Saturday, 02 March 2013
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Ulster People's Forum spokesman Jamie Bryson has appeared in court, charged in connection with the Union flag protests.

Bryson remanded into custody
Jamie Bryson, Ulster People's Forum spokesman appeared in court on Saturday. (© PA)

The 23-year-old faces six offences, including two counts of encouraging or assisting offences and four counts of taking part in an unnotified public procession.

During a hearing at Belfast's Laganside Courthouse on Saturday, Bryson, who is from Rosepark in Donaghadee, was remanded into custody to reappear via videolink later this month.

District Judge Bernadatte Kelly told Bryson that she shared police concerns that if released he would pose a "flight risk", having heard how he refused to hand himself over to officers knowing they were looking for him.

Bryson was arrested on Thursday by officers from Operation Dulcet, the PSNI taskforce set up to investigate the disorder surrounding the Union flag protests.

Former BNP fundraiser, Jim Dowson, also appeared in court. The 48-year-old from the Burn Road in Comber is charged with one count of encouraging or assisting offences and five counts of taking part in an unnotified procession.

He was released on bail on condition he surrender all communication devices, including SIM cards and USB fobs.

Judge Kelly said Dowson was not to use a telephone except in an emergency situation, added that if anyone communicated on his behalf, Dowson would be remanded into jail.

He has also been banned from entering Belfast or attending any procession.

© UTV News
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56 Comments
Claire in Belfast wrote (514 days ago):
critical realist in West Yorkshire - you are wrong. NIis not a Province.
Mike in Belfast wrote (514 days ago):
Wodja - What has the GFA done for the Loyalist people? Let me ask you then, what have you done for yourself? Probably nothing. Sit on your hands and wait for a handout, eh? Don't you know anything about personal responsibility and trying to better yourself? Seems not. I want, I want, give me, give me. Try doing it for yourself like everyone else has to do. You might not have time to moan and be so bitter if you tried it sometime.
realistic in planet earth wrote (514 days ago):
@carson in banbridge, if dyslexia is the cause then i apologise unreservedly.
carson in banbridge wrote (515 days ago):
In response to your ignorant comments to Carson I write on behalf of him as your such a smart Alec reading his comment anyone with a brain could have seen dyslexia in his writing so you keep it real. I have however read comments from you to others and would advise you a course in manners would get you real never mind the planet.
critical realist in West Yorkshire wrote (515 days ago):
Look: Jamie Bryson enjoys the spotlight and soap-box with his 5 words a second incoherent vocabulary, that is often filled with inconsistencies and errors. Cut to the chase 'fleg' supporters, it's about the bigger picture: distaste of equality and growth/confidence of Irish nationalism in the 6 counties. From the judiciary to police, to policy makers and health/education leaders, highly educated nationalists are popping up everywhere. There's nothing to fear though, just embrace equality and all will be fine. We should all get behind the peace process. BTW:Michelle in Derry, I hope you are referring to the whole of Ireland, because the North is a province, not a country:)In reference to other posters, How can anyone call a 6 county province a wee country? Bizarre. Bill in Buckna: Jamie is Ulster's Mandela? :@ Just Youtube a few short Mandela clips and you'll embarrass yourself for life for making such a ridiculous assertion. Jamie is a cartoon character, with bible in hand and weasel words flying out of his excited mouth in the other. Wake up people
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