The DUP's Ian Paisley Junior has been formally censured by the Northern Ireland Policing Board for homophobic comments he made about an adviser to the Ulster Unionist leader, David Trimble.

Mr Paisley, who is a member of the policing board, made disparaging comments about the gay marriage in Canada of Stephen King and his partner earlier this week.

Following news of the wedding in Canada, which recognises gay marriage, Mr Paisley described homosexual relationships as immoral, offensive and obnoxious.

After a meeting today, the board said it had resolved that Mr Paisley’s comments were incompatible with its policies and practises.

The censure followed a motion from independent members of the board, who cited the rising incidence of homophobic attacks in Northern Ireland.