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Police pleased with "quiet and peaceful" 12 July parades

The PSNI said this was due to factors including “responsible leadership” from groups including the orange order.

Twelfth of July celebrations - Belfast A member of the Orange Order leans against a police barrier on Woodvale Road. Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

‘I hope that people continue to take responsibility for their own actions and they need to understand that, as I’ve said throughout the past couple of weeks, the police will do our piece to keep people safe and also to collect evidence where people step outside of the law’ – Chief Constable George Hamilton of the PSNI.

THE PSNI HAS said it is pleased with the outcome of yesterday’s marching for the Twelfth in Northern Ireland.

The day involved around 18 marches by Orange Order groups around the province. Last year, riots broke out and there were fears that similar behaviour could have occurred yesterday.

The Orange Order has pledged to step up its political campaign against the Commission RTÉ reports this morning.

In a statement, the Commission said:

The Parades Commission commends those who ensured that this year’s ‘Twelfth’ passed without major incident. The work which takes place at grassroots level by parade and protest organisers, and local politicians is challenging but invaluable.

Reducing tension and instances of public disorder is an encouraging backdrop against which to address outstanding parading issues through sincere, meaningful and sustained dialogue.”

Twelfth of July celebrations - Belfast Deputy leader of the DUP Nigel Dodds (left) on Woodvale Road Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

One of the hotspots was the Ardoyne area, as the Parades Commission had barred the Orange Order from marching back down the Crumlin Road yesterday evening.

That had led to a walk-out by Unionist parties during cross-party negotiations in Stormont.

Twelfth of July celebrations - Belfast Loyalist supporters display a banner on Woodvale Road after an Orange Order parade was blocked on its return to the Crumlin Road adjacent to the nationalist Ardoyne neighbourhood Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thankfully, yesterday’s marches passed off without major incident.

Chief Constable George Hamilton of the PSNI said:

I am pleased that today’s Twelfth parades have passed off largely successfully and that those taking part were able to enjoy their day. This has been due to a number of factors, including responsible leadership from a range of groups such as the Orange Order. I welcome the repeated pleas from the Orange Order and politicians from all sides for all parades and protests to be peaceful and lawful.

He said the PSNI’s focus “is on keeping communities safe and our job has been made immensely easier today by the responsible attitude by all parties concerned”.

Twelfth of July celebrations - Belfast Source: Brian Lawless

“We have had a quiet and peaceful parading season up to and including today and I hope that this continues for the rest of the summer,” said Constable Hamilton.

Read: Ardoyne 12 July march passes off peacefully>

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