Seven arrests after Carrick parade

Published Thursday, 12 April 2012
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Seven people - including a 12-year-old child - have been arrested after trouble broke out following an Apprentice Boys Parade in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.

Seven arrests after Carrick parade
Details have just emerged about the disorder. (© UTV)

A police woman was injured after the PSNI tried to restore calm.

The disorder broke out on Monday afternoon and involved up to 150 people.

David Hilditch, DUP MLA for East Antrim, told UTV the trouble broke out after a group of young people congregated in the Castle Green area.

He said local people were "disgusted" at the trouble.

"These people weren't associated with any band, any parade as such. They just chose Carrickfergus on the day as a location to head to.

"Obviously, because the parade was there, they thought that would be an excuse maybe to try and get their hands on alcohol and have what they deemed as a good day out."

He added that the violence overshadowed the parade which was "thoroughly enjoyed" by the families who attended the event.

Mr Hilditch said they would be now looking at adopting a zero-tolerance approach to alcohol consumption at future events.


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11 Comments
Ady in amazement wrote (829 days ago):
These comments are absolutely priceless ! Welcome to summer in Ulster , hope you enjoy paying for it ?
seamas in belfast wrote (831 days ago):
Ryan. Yes that’s right. This is what gives the OO a bad name. It’s not the gross sectarianism. It’s not the 17th century mindset or violent hatred of Catholics.
rodney in carrickfergus wrote (831 days ago):
the flags of our country and the apprentice boys flags flying along the marine highway freshen the town up. carrick is the venue for several large and small loyal order parades this year so i think it only right the flags stay up. just as long as they are removed before they start fraying. fly the flag of our country the union flag with pride nothing to be ashamed of.
tomc in Belfast wrote (831 days ago):
Apart from my previous comments not appearing, i can firmly say that lots of those involved in the fighting had walked with the bands during the parade. This ascertion that those fighting just went to Carrick for the day is absolute nonesense. They went for the parade and the booze was flowing, including on the buses bringing the bands and the apprentice boys - certainly not all of them, but enough.
s magowan in belfast wrote (831 days ago):
What steps can the Loyal Orders take to stop a lot of hooligans with no connections to the Bands or Loyal order organisations causing trouble at their events.I was'nt in Carrick to watch the procession,but what i have been told by relatives who live in the area,the whole thing went off peacefully with no trouble involving the marchers or their bands.
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