A judge ruled the police wrongly facilitated illegal and sometimes violent loyalist flag protests
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PSNI 'wrongly facilitated' loyalist flag protests

The Police Service of Northern Ireland wrongly facilitated illegal and sometimes violent loyalist flag protest marches, a judge has ruled.

Mr Justice Treacy was speaking as he upheld a legal challenge to police decisions by an east Belfast resident.

The judge said police had not understood their powers over the protests.

Chief Constable Matt Baggott said the PSNI's response had been "measured" and they would appeal the judgement.

BBC News NI Home Affairs Correspondent Vincent Kearney reports.

  • 28 Apr 2014