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Mc Aleer calls on PSNI to arrest flag protestors

Published: 13 January, 2013

West Tyrone MLA Declan Mc Aleer has said that people are completely sickened with the on-going protests in Omagh that have brought the town to a standstill over the past 2 months.

Mr Mc Aleer was speaking following disturbances in the town on Friday evening when roads were blocked and a crowd of protestors entered the grounds of the Tyrone County Hospital.

'I have been contacted by people who were completely terrified after getting caught in the middle of the protest. In one incident, a community health worker who was out tending to elderly clients had her car surrounded by angry protestors in the grounds of the hospital after she turned away from a road block on the Hospital Road. The lady had her young children with her and they were screaming in fear.

'In another incident, protestors jumped on the windscreen of a car and completely terrified a 4 year old child who was in the vehicle.

Mr Mc Aleer continued 'All law abiding groups who organise public events such as charity cycles, walks or vintage displays give the required 28 days' notice to the PSNI and Parades Commission, yet this mob seems free to organise disruptive protests without any notice. These protests are therefore illegal and I am calling on the PSNI to arrest these people for the mayhem they have brought to Omagh.

'Our party will be raising this matter with the PSNI senior command team at the earliest opportunity and our colleagues on the Policing and Community Safety Partnership will ensure this is top of the agenda at the next meeting.

'The public are very angry and are questioning why and how these people can get away with what they are doing. As such, there is a massive onus on the PSNI to make arrests. If they fail to live up to this responsibility, it will have massive implications for public confidence in the Police service'.