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 […]

Farry says failure of police to disclose information raises serious issues

Alliance Deputy Leader Stephen Farry MLA has said failure by the PSNI to disclose ‘significant information’ to the Police Ombudsman relating to a loyalist paramilitary massacre raises “serious issues”. The Ombudsman has now confirmed it has reopened new lines of inquiry into the attack on Sean Graham’s bookies in the Lower Ormeau in 1992, as […]

Blair welcomes confirmation Durham police chief will appear at Policing Board over journalist arrests

Alliance MLA John Blair has welcomed confirmation the Chief Constable of Durham Constabulary is willing to attend a meeting of the Policing Board to answer questions around the arrest of two journalists in relation to alleged theft of documents from the Police Ombudsman’s Office. Following a question at today’s Policing Board meeting from Mr Blair, […]

Muir appeals for information following assault

Alliance North Down Councillor Andrew Muir has appealed for information following an assault in Holywood. Two men are in hospital with serious head injuries after they were attacked outside a bar in Hibernia Street in the town around 11pm yesterday (Friday). A 54-year-old man has been arrested and is currently being questioned by the police. […]