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Local PCSP members call for respect and restraint over summer months

28 June 2019

At its meeting on Monday (24th June) the Derry and Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) discussed the potential impact of heightened tensions in the City and District as we move into the summer months.

The provocative display of flags, emblems and posters was debated by members, specifically those items which are displayed or destroyed with the sole purpose of causing offence. Members acknowledged that this is a wider issue but agreed that, as a PCSP, we need to show leadership to condemn the inflammatory actions of a minority in our community. The PCSP agreed that the only purpose of many of these actions is to cause offence and distress and advised that PCSP members would be doing everything they can to promote respect and restraint as we approach the summer period.

Members discussed what authority Police have to address these issues and committed that all members would make every effort to promote respect and sensitivity and would continue to work with communities to support the removal of offensive items.

Speaking after Monday’s meeting, Councillor Sandra Duffy (PCSP Chair) and Patsy McGonagle (PCSP Vice-Chair) stated:

“Today’s meeting of the PCSP was positive and constructive with members debating the impact of offensive actions aimed at provoking a reaction and causing distress. The PCSP agreed that the flying of Parachute Regiment flags and the burning of flags, emblems and poppy wreaths on bonfires is unacceptable. Our members, elected, independent and statutory will continue to work toward the removal of this material from communities to create a shared and welcoming space for all. The PCSP also expressed recognition and support for the good work that many people are delivering to move our communities forward to address these issues.”