Police defend handling of Londonderry parade band
Police have defended their handling of a loyalist flute band that paraded close to the scene of Bloody Sunday with a Parachute Regiment symbol on their uniforms. The actions of officers in their dealings with the Clyde Valley Flute Band in Londonderry on Saturday were "proportionate, responsible and constructive", Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said.
Loyalists across Northern Ireland have been using the Parachute Regiment symbol to show support for Soldier F - the veteran Para facing prosecution for two murders and four attempted murders on Bloody Sunday in Derry in January 1972.
Members of the flute band from Larne, Co Antrim, had the insignia and the letter "F" displayed on the sleeves of their uniforms as they took part in the loyal order Apprentice Boys parade in Derry on Saturday.