Ombudsman findings illustrate why amnesty proposals are bad idea, says Blair

The findings of a Police Ombudsman report into the murder of a Catholic teenager by the UDA is further evidence why the UK Government’s amnesty proposals are a bad idea, Alliance MLA John Blair has said. The Ombudsman found ‘significant failures’ in the police investigation into the killing of Damien Walsh in 1993, who died […]

HMIC report shows need for elected representatives to follow due process, says Blair

An independent report into the PSNI’s handling of the Bobby Storey funeral which found there was no bias in its actions shows the need for elected representatives to follow due process, Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has said. Mr Blair was speaking following the publication of the report by the Her Majesty’s Inspectorate […]

Blair says violence has achieved nothing except spreading fear and destruction

Alliance MLA John Blair has said the violence of this week has achieved nothing except spreading fear and destruction in communities. Petrol bombs were thrown at police and vehicles hijacked and set alight during rioting in Newtownabbey last night (Saturday), which followed previous nights of violence in South Belfast and Derry-Londonderry. Police have said last […]

Blair requests police report after statistics show disproportionate stop and search figures

Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has requested a report from police after figures suggested a disproportionate number of people from black, Asian and minority ethnic minority backgrounds had been stopped and searched by the PSNI. Recently compiled statistics showed 25,021 people were subject to stop and search by PSNI in the past year, […]

Blair requests public Policing Board session take place tomorrow

Alliance Policing Board member John Blair MLA has requested the Board hold a public meeting tomorrow afternoon, following the cancellation of a scheduled session. The Policing Board was originally due to meet in public, alongside a private meeting, with Chief Constable Simon Byrne expected to answer questions relating to the Bobby Storey funeral. However, the […]

Time for cool heads and calm consideration after Lower Ormeau policing incident, says Blair

It is time for cool heads and calm consideration, Alliance Policing Board representative John Blair MLA has said, following the incident at the anniversary of the Sean Graham’s bookies’ killings. During a matter of the day at the Assembly today (Monday), Mr Blair said accountable and representative policing was vital, adding it was time to […]