Policing & Justice

Policing and Justice

EXCLUSIVE: Research finds the SIA are abusing legal powers and that 92% of door supervisors they target are Protestant

EXCLUSIVE: Research finds the SIA are abusing legal powers and that 92% of door supervisors they target are Protestant

The SIA is a statutory body corporate whose power is derived from the Private Security Industry Act 2001. A statutory body corporate can only act in accordance with the power given to it by its enabling statute. Despite this basic legal fact, the SIA have been going far beyond their powers. Despite Parliament plainly setting […]

EDITORIAL: Returning the serve- Rebalancing the legacy of the past and political policing of the present

EDITORIAL: Returning the serve- Rebalancing the legacy of the past and political policing of the present

Editorial- By Jamie Bryson A statement by nationalist legacy activist and solicitor Paddy Murray, which has been carried in today’s media, stands as a shining example of the double standards of nationalism when it comes to the criminal justice system. Paddy Murray was an ardent supporter of the Loughinisland film No Stone Unturned, which was […]

EDITORIAL: Let all crime be rooted out, but let us ensure the process is fair and that the law is applied equally

EDITORIAL: Let all crime be rooted out, but let us ensure the process is fair and that the law is applied equally

Editorial- By Jamie Bryson Let me begin this piece by very clearly summarising the core point, lest anyone- either mistakenly or deliberately- misinterprets the argument being advanced. If there is criminal activity taking place, regardless of whom it is carried out by or from which community it emanates, then the perpetrators should be rooted out […]

NEWS: Loyalists humiliate the PSNI Task Force over ‘lost’ notebook containing vast amounts of classified information

NEWS: Loyalists humiliate the PSNI Task Force over ‘lost’ notebook containing vast amounts of classified information

This morning’s revelation in the Irish News, in relation to yet another major police data breach, will heap more embarrassment on the PSNI and their Paramilitary Crime Task Force (PCTF). It is evidently a matter of great public interest that the PSNI have once again recklessly ‘lost’ vast amounts of classified data. Sources have indicated […]

TUV leader Jim Allister slams disproportionate policing undermining unionist confidence in the PSNI

TUV leader Jim Allister slams disproportionate policing undermining unionist confidence in the PSNI

TUV leader Jim Allister has criticised the PSNI’s disproportionate policing operation which targeted east Belfast bonfires, whilst deploying a “softly softly” approach to republicans attacking Protestant homes in Londonderry’s fountain estate. Mr Allister has said that recent PSNI actions were “undermining confidence in the police among many in the Unionist community”. Earlier this week the […]

OPINION: Bangor Alternatives Chairman responds to criticism of Restorative Justice practices

OPINION: Bangor Alternatives Chairman responds to criticism of Restorative Justice practices

Below is a letter submitted to the Co Down spectator by Chairman of Bangor Alternatives, Pastor Mark Gordon. The letter was submitted in response to criticisms of Restorative Justice practices carried in the paper’s 7th September edition. In response to the article ‘Living in the shadow of fear’ (Spectator 7thSeptember 2018)   Dear Editor   Having read Iain […]

NEWS: Leaked bonfire report vindicates East Belfast loyalists

NEWS: Leaked bonfire report vindicates East Belfast loyalists

The Irish News has this morning revealed the contents of a leaked report prepared by independent mediators for Belfast City Council. You can read the article HERE The contents of the report appears to vindicate and substantiate the continued assertions put forward by east Belfast loyalists, namely that they had worked tirelessly for peaceful solutions […]

EXPOSED: Unionist Voice reveals the identity of the republican named in the Kingsmill inquest as S54

EXPOSED: Unionist Voice reveals the identity of the republican named  in the Kingsmill inquest as S54

During the inquest into the Kingsmill massacre on Wednesday (5 September), the PSNI desperately sought to avoid naming ‘Micksey’ Martin as one of the key participants in the brutal and sectarian IRA murder. The PSNI argued that to name the prominent IRA terrorist would place his life in danger. Also deeply involved in the Kingsmill massacre was […]