Policing & Justice

Policing and Justice

Analysis: PSNI’s partisan seizure of loyalist memorabilia raises serious questions

By Edward Maxwell Kate Hoey’s questioning of the Chief Constable during the Northern Ireland Affairs committee went some way to exposing the shaky legal rationale for the PSNI’s seizure of both historic, and conflict related, loyalist memorabilia. Recent search warrants obtained under Schedule 5 of the Terrorism Act have been authorised on the basis of seeking […]

NEWS: Kate Hoey MP challenges Chief Constable on one sided seizure of UVF memorabilia

Prominent MP Kate Hoey, who was once a member of Tony Blair’s Government, has this morning challenged PSNI Chief Constable George Hamilton in relation to the seizure of historical and conflict related UVF memorabilia, which it has been suggested is not actually a criminal offence under the Terrorism Act. Ms Hoey quizzed the Chief Constable […]

NEWS: EBCI express conerns over East Belfast arrests and seek clarity on conflict related memorabilia 

The East Belfast Community Initiative has expressed “grave concerns” after the arrests of two loyalists in East Belfast on Monday.      A spokesperson for the EBCI said;  “We have grave concerns at the circumstances of these arrests. We predicted from the very start of this farce that the agenda was all about felon setting […]

Pastor Mark ‘Tatty’ Gordon sermon on Paramilitary organisations- should they go away?

This is a sermon delivered by Pastor Mark ‘Tatty’ Gordon on the subject of paramilitarism. The sermon can also be listened to here http://www.shilohchristianfellowship.co.uk/media/uploads/Paramilitaries.mp3   1 Timothy 2v1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and […]

Opinion: PSNI ‘seizure’ of UVF memorabilia is convenient politicking 

Today’s announcement of a large scale PSNI operation against individuals that are alleged to be involved in the ‘North Belfast UVF’ comes as the Red Hand Commando made an application to be de-proscribed.  This application will, of course, be a matter primarily for the Northern Ireland Office and the Secretary of State, not the Home […]

NEWS: PSNI officer arrested following Police Ombudsman receiving detailed information

A serving PSNI officer has this morning been arrested as part of an investigation into inappropriate use of social media, including leaking confidential information into live Police investigations.     The Ombudsman has received a number of detailed complaints, at least one of which included the names of officers involved.   It is also understood the […]