Blair says criticism of police response to flute band incident risks fuelling false notions

Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has said unionist parties criticising the police response to a flute band who wore Parachute Regiment insignia at a parade in Derry-Londonderry risks undermining the work of the PSNI and fuelling false notions of two-tier policing. Mr Blair was speaking after the DUP and UUP met with police […]

Alliance holds meeting with PSNI over bonfires and flags

The Alliance Party met with senior PSNI officers at Police Headquarters on Friday morning, outlining a range of concerns about the recent issues around bonfires and flags. The delegation included Councillor Michael Long, Councillor Michelle Kelly and Councillor Eric Hanvey as well as Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA and Policing Board member John Blair MLA. […]

Blair calls for urgent investigation into police handling of journalists’ arrests

Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has said there needs to be an urgent investigation into police handling of the arrests of two journalists over the suspected theft of confidential files. Mr Blair, who was speaking after attending a meeting of the Policing Board in which outgoing Chief Constable George Hamilton was questioned on […]

Dickson expresses shock after murder investigation launched

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed his shock after police launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a man’s body in Co Antrim. The deceased was found in his home on the Church Road in Glenwherry around 1pm today (Tuesday). It is understood he had been shot and had been discovered by a neighbour. […]

Blair questions whether Sinn Féin can remain on Chief Constable interview panel

Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has questioned whether Sinn Féin can remain on the interview panel to appoint a new Chief Constable after Mary-Lou McDonald said she didn’t believe George Hamilton’s replacement should come from within the current PSNI leadership. The Sinn Féin president said she didn’t have confidence in the current leadership […]