Members of loyalist flute band questioned over provocative conduct

Friday 12 October 2012 23.58
Police overlook events outside St Patrick's Church on 25 August
Police overlook events outside St Patrick's Church on 25 August

Over a dozen members of a loyalist band have been questioned by police on suspicion of provocative conduct outside a Catholic Church in Belfast on 12 July.

The Young Conway Volunteers flute band, which is based in the city's Shankill Road, was accused of playing sectarian music outside St Patrick's Church in Donegall Street.

Members were videoed marching in circles outside the church playing an allegedly provocative tune.

The incident prompted the Parades Commission to ban the band from passing the church during another loyal order parade on 25 August, a restriction it subsequently breached.

A total of 11 members were arrested, ranging in age from 15 to 42, in north Belfast in recent days, while three attended interviews voluntarily.

All 14 were also questioned with regard to the breach of the Parades Commission determination in August.

The PSNI said all 14 were released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service.