FOLLOWING more than a week of protest events across Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Dave Jones said the past week had been one of the busiest of the year in Northern Ireland’s commercial and social calendar, but the PSNI was determined to help people go about their business.
“We are aware of a number of planned protests across Northern Ireland this evening and are determined to do everything we can to ensure people can go about their normal business. People have a right to go about their daily lives, to shop and to socialise, to pick up their children on time and get home to their families without being held up by these protests.
“The vast majority of all communities in Northern Ireland simply want to enjoy the festive period with their friends and families in peace. We will continue to have sufficient resources in place to deal with this activity and will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum. However, I am appealing to those wishing to protest to consider how their actions are affecting the wider community.
“Police remain fully committed to delivering a safe and secure Christmas for everyone. An extensive evidence gathering operation will be put in place and where appropriate people will be brought before the courts.”