PSNI says Orange attacks not organised, sort of…

DON’T think it got published or broadcast, but since Slugger readers seem to regard it as a big deal, the Policing Board meeting the other day heard there were 12 attacks on Orange Halls in the July holiday period and nine in October. PA reported Assistant Chief Constable (Rural) Judith Gillespie saying: “It could be interpreted as sending out a statement to increase sectarian tension.” On last month’s arson attacks she said: “There is no specific intelligence to say that these attacks are being organised to ferment sectarian tension.” (Gillespie’s heavily qualified quotes are pure policespeak. Hopefully, when the minutes are published they’ll provide greater context for what is near-gobbledegook.) The meeting also heard that the PSNI’s crime clearance rates have been around 18% since April, much lower than England (around 25%).