It is now Day 18 since loyalist rioting erupted in Ballyclare and the south east Antrim area following the removal of loyalist flags outside a catholic church in the town.
And still, no arrests nor charges.
Meanwhile, Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly accused the PSNI of double standards, a charge denied by PSNI Detective Chief Inspector, Alan Little. The leading North Belfast republican representative was speaking (subs reqd) after the PSNI released video footage of rioting in Ardoyne.
There is a strong perception that there exists a hands-off approach when it comes to the PSNI dealing with loyalist violence….Nothing can justify those who were responsible for rioting yet nothing can also justify these figures and the PSNI have serious questions to answer.
The PSNI DCI, Alan Little, also had this to say:
No matter where you are involved in violence we will take every step we can to bring people before the courts.
We shall see….