Tour of the North passes without incident

Tour of the North passes without incident

The contentious Tour of the North parade has taken place without incident in Belfast.

On Friday night, residents groups protested along parts of the route, which included St Patrick's Catholic Church on Donegall Street, north Belfast where trouble had flared during Orange Order parades in the past.For this year's Tour of the North, the Parades Commission had ruled only a single drum beat could be played past the chapel. A protest was staged in the Donegall Street/Carrick Hill area, while another residents protest was held at the junction of Duncairn Gardens/North Queen Street.A spokesman for the Orange Order told UTV that they were pleased that both the protests and parade passed off peacefully.There was a significant police operation on the streets, but PSNI officers kept their presence fairly low key.The PSNI has welcomed the peaceful outcome, commending the work carried on all sides in the lead up to the parade.Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said that he was "encouraged by the dignified and responsible way" both those involved in the parade and the associated protests behaved.He added that he appreciated the efforts of all those involved in ensuring this was the case."As we move forward I would encourage everyone to work together to ensure that the remainder of the summer is peaceful and that local communities are not disrupted with the violence witnessed in recent years," the A District Commander added.


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