Policing & Justice

Policing and Justice

NEWS: UUP MLA Doug Beattie calls for a PSNI assessment of CRSI following stalkers conviction 

Military Cross recipient and Ulster Unionist Party MLA Doug Beattie MC has called on the PSNI to provide an assessment in relation to dissident linked Conflict Resolution Services Ireland.  The call comes after the conviction of thuggish stalker Fernando Murphy, who last week pleaded guilty to stalking a former partner which included places stolen photos […]

OPINION: Why the PSNI should display the Poppy on their land rovers 

By Jamie Bryson     Some may recall the recent controversy over the PSNI’s participation in gay pride, and the associated decorating of their land rovers to promote the event.  I was one of those that opposed such meddling in politics, yet the PSNI justified their participation by saying that gay pride was an inclusive event […]

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 […]

OPINION: Why criminalising loyalism is designed to a serve political purpose

Why criminalising loyalism is designed to serve a political purpose By Jamie Bryson When Tony Blair said “I will deal with republicans, the Chief Constable will deal with the loyalists” it wasn’t just a flippant remark, but rather a Government policy that prevails until this very day. It is not just a policy pursued by […]

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 […]

ANALYSIS: No evidence to contradict UVF denial of shared housing ‘threat’, so who was really behind it? 

The PSNI have confirmed that they “will not speculate” as to who was behind the alleged threats to homes in a shared housing area in east Belfast.     This is a pretty solid indication that the PSNI are not laying the blame at the door of the UVF and as such it makes the prevailing […]

EBCI dimisses Sinn Fein allegation of UVF threats in east Belfast 

The East Belfast Community Initiative, which mediates on behalf of ex-combatants linked to east Belfast UVF, has responded to allegations originating from Sinn Fein that the UVF has threatened residents in a shared housing area;     “Sinn Fein, within their own comments, made clear that the PSNI did not identify the UVF when delivering these […]

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 […]