PSNI Arrest DUP Councillor Over Facebook Post

A DUP Councillor in Northern Ireland has been arrested in connection with "grossly offensive communications, intimidation and encouraging criminal acts", the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

57-year-old Ruth Patterson, a Belfast city Councillor for the Democratic Unionist Party, responded to a post on Facebook that imagined a "terrorist attack" on an upcoming republican parade, "killing" several people including senior Sinn Féin officials.

Posting on the site she said: "We would have done a great service to Northern Ireland and the world."

Later apologising for the post, Patterson said that her comments were, "completely incompatible with the polices of the Democratic Unionist Party and what is expected of me as an elected representative".

The PSNI reported this morning that they had arrested a 57-year-old female in relation to the posts.

The post on which she commented, was discussing an upcoming parade commemorating the deaths of two IRA men who were killed by the bomb they were making in Castlederg, 30 years ago. The parade has the support of Sinn Féin, but unionists have called the march, "grossly insensitive".

The Parades Commission, which rules on contentious parades in Northern Ireland, ruled on Thursday that the march could go ahead, re-routing it away from a war memorial in the centre of the town.


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