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PICTURES: Police to probe 'illegal parade' and stone-throwing incidents

The PSNI said it was “extremely concerning” and a “sad indictment” on organisers that young children threw stones at police vehicles.

Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland criticised the organisers of an illegal parade in Derry this afternoon.

A small crowd belonging to the 32 County Sovereignty Movement gathered for their Easter commemoration at the City Cemetery but the event was marred by incidents of minor violence.

The PSNI said it was “extremely concerning to see children, some of whom looked to be under the age of ten, throwing stones at police vehicles”.

“It is a sad indictment on those who organised and were in attendance that this was allowed to happen,” added the spokesperson.

An investigation into the event has been launched. Officers issued two verbal warnings to those taking part in the illegal procession.

Dermot Ryan, the brother of murdered Real IRA leader Alan Ryan, made a speech during the memorial. Chairman Francis Mackey also spoke.

PICTURES: Police to probe 'illegal parade' and stone-throwing incidents
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