Northern Ireland

The Twelfth: Police say parades 'passed off largely successfully'

ACC Stephen Martin
Image caption ACC Stephen Martin praised the 'responsible approach taken across our communities'

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) has said the 12th of July parades "passed off largely successfully".

The parades marked the 326th anniversary of King William III's victory at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

A total of 18 demonstrations were held in towns and cities.

ACC Stephen Martin praised the "responsible approach taken across our communities".

He said there had been "months of preparation" by the PSNI with "many groups and partners".

"I understand that expressing cultural identity is important within our society and equally that people have the right to protest peacefully," he said.

ACC Martin praised the "responsible approach taken across our communities in bringing positive influence to bear".

"There was a minor confrontation at the Ardoyne shop fronts following the formal events of the day," he said.

"This was peacefully resolved in co-operation with community representatives."

Image caption Police begin dismantling the barrier on the Woodvale Road in Belfast after a return feeder parade passed on Tuesday evening

'Studying footage'

ACC Martin said there had been "a number of reported breaches of Parades Commission determinations".

"We will now be studying the footage recorded and if any offences are detected we will investigate and take appropriate action," he said.

He said the PSNI would also be "further examining various complaints, including reports of hate incidents, made to police about material, some of which was clearly distasteful and offensive, placed on bonfires".

Image caption Nationalist residents' groups held protests against the parade past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on Tuesday morning

"Lastly I would like to pay tribute to the officers and staff who I had the privilege of leading," he added.

"They did a professional job ensuring that public safety was maintained, human rights were observed and that community disruption was kept to a minimum.

"Undoubtedly, from a policing perspective this has been one of the most successful Twelfths in recent years."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites