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Grand Secretary of Orange Order calls image 'outrageous and unacceptable'

Drew Nelson was responding to a photograph which appeared to show a bandsman urinating outside a Catholic church during Saturday’s marches.

The parade passing St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street.
The parade passing St Patrick's Church on Donegall Street.
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE GRAND SECRETARY of the Orange Order has today apologised after a bandsman was caught on camera urinating outside St Matthew’s Catholic Church in East Belfast.

The incident occurred during Saturday’s marches, which marked the 100th year anniversary of the signing of the Ulster Covenant.

The Grand Secretary, Drew Nelson, called the actions “outrageous and unacceptable”, BBC News reports.

It has also been alleged that while the Parades Commission had stated that only hymns were to be played from the junction at Carrick Hill to Royal Avenue, certain bands did not adhere to this.

A spokesperson from the Parades Commission told TheJournal.ie that their ‘determinations are legally enforceable’.

Any breaches are investigated by the PSNI and are handed over to the Public Prosecution Service. The Parades Commission takes in previous breaches when considering future parades and their guidelines.

Responding to questions from TheJournal.ie as to whether any incidents from Saturday were being investigated, the PSNI said:

Throughout the day, Police had an extensive evidence gathering operation in place and any breaches of the Parades Commission determinations are being investigated and will be reported accordingly.

Sinn Féin have called on First Minister Peter Robinson to condemn Saturday’s incidents.

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