Boys’ governor criticises police

The governor of the Apprentice Boys of Derry, Jimmy Brownlee, has criticised the PSNI’s handling of the violence in the city centre on Saturday.

Trouble flared in the Fahan Street area as the marchers and bands were returning to the Memorial Hall on Society Street.

The hall was attacked by petrol bombers who threw devices over the Derry Walls and Mr Brownlee has said the police should have done more to move rioters out of the area.

“The fact is they were blind to the people who attacked the parade,” he said.

“A lot of people would have had their backs to that particular area, so therefore when the petrol bombs came over people’s lives were put at risk,” he said.

More than 12,000 Apprentice Boys and bandsmen marched through the city centre as part of the annual Relief of Derry commemorations. Hundreds of police officers were on duty and lined the Diamond, where screens were erected to separate the marchers from the footpaths. Dozens of Apprentice Boys’ marshals were also on the ground.