Police investigating Easter Sunday parade in Coalisland for suspected Parades Commission breach

Republican colour party in front of St Patrick's Hall, Coalisland
Republican colour party in front of St Patrick's Hall, Coalisland

Over 50 men and women who marched in military-style clothing at yesterday’s ‘Unfinished Revolution’ parade in Coalisland may be facing arrest over a suspected breach of Parades Commission determinations.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: “In policing all events over the Easter weekend our over-riding desire is to ensure that commemorative occasions, parades and protests pass off lawfully and peacefully.

“Our focus, is on keeping communities safe and our job, with a few notable exceptions, has been made that much easier because of the responsible attitude of all parties concerned.

“We are however, investigating suspected breaches of Parades Commission determinations in Coalisland and un-notified processions in Ardoyne and Lurgan.

“We have gathered evidence at these events and will present reports to the Public Prosecution Service with a view to holding individuals accountable.”

Thousands of people turned out in support of the march from Clonoe to Coalisland, which was reportedly held up by police attempting to arrest members of the republican colour party. A claim that the PSNI has denied.