SF meet police over Boys' parade

Sinn Fein have met police in Derry to raise "key concerns" over the recent Apprentice Boys' Parade in the city.

The meeting was a follow-up to the republican party’s historic first meeting with police in Derry on August 7 to discuss the August 12 parades in Derry.

The Sinn Fein delegation included Raymond McCartney MLA and Waterside Councillor Lynn Fleming while the police team was led by Area Commander Richard Russell.

Mr. McCartney said the meeting focussed primarily on “accessibility and movement of citizens” in the city on the day of the Apprentice Boys’ parade.

“We also raised issues about the behaviour of several bands and supporters, on street drinking and incidents which took place around the Memorial Hall on the night prior to the parade

“These engagements are part of a process to ensure that the rights of everyone in this city are protected.

“Sinn Fein's focus in all of our engagements with the PSNI - indeed with all of the policing structures - will be to ensure that it carries out its duties and responsibilities in a fair and impartial way, as a civic police service, which is democratically accountable to the public.”

Mr. Russell described the meeting as “highly positive”.

“The debriefing process is useful in that it allows us to look at areas where we have been successful and equally highlights any concerns or issues that can be improved upon for next year,” he said.