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CALLS FOR BANDSMEN TO BE PROSECUTED FOR BREACHES

‘There is growing public opinion that those who march in these bands and breach determinations have a level of impunity - Caral Ni Chuilin.

THERE have been calls for prosecutions against bandsmen who repeatedly flout Parades Commission determinations outside St Patrick‘s Church on Belfast’s Donegal Street.

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In the latest incident on Saturday, a band taking part in a Royal Black Institution parade played The Sash while Mass was being celebrated inside. The Parades Commission had ruled that the return parade be completed ahead of Mass on Saturday evening. The latest breach by loyalist bandsmen outside St Patrick’s comes on the back of a number of breaches so far this year. On July 12 last year, the Young Conway Volunteers band drew widespread criticism after its members were videoed marching in circles outside the church while playing the sectarian ‘Famine Song‘. Dozens of loyalist bandsmen are facing prosecution over the incident, which prompted subsequent restrictions from the parades body. Fr Sheehan said it was regrettable that the PSNI had allowed the parade to pass the church during Mass.

North Belfast politicians urged the authorities to get tough with those flouting parades rulings. Carpal Ni Chuilin, the Stormont culture minister, said there was a growing concern that those who breached the parades body’s rulings were escaping prosecution. “There have been consistent breaches this year by bands of conditions laid down by the Parades Commissions determinations,” said the Sinn Fein MLA. “There is growing public opinion that these bands and breach determinations have a level of impunity.” North Belfast assembly member Albany Maginness called for “decisive action” from the police and Public Prosecution Service (PPS) to target those responsible for the breaches. The SDLP representative said Massgoers consistently complained to him about the lack of prosecutions.

“I have no complaints about the policing, which was fair and reasonable, but these repeated violations of Parades Commission determinations need to be addressed and I see no evidence of that from the PSNI or PPS,” he said. A spokesman for the Parades Commission said the body would review its own monitor reports on Saturday’s parade as well as information from the PSNI. “Any breach of a determination is a matter for the police to investigate and those involved could be liable to prosecution.”

With many thanks to : John Manley (Political Reporter), The Irish News.

LOYALIST BAND PLAY THE SASH OUTSIDE CATHOLIC MASS

Loyal order ‘flouted’ restrictions

THE conduct of loyalist marchers (Orange Disorder) at the Last Saturday parade was “beyond comprehension the parish priest of St Patrick‘s Church in Belfast has said. Fr Michael Sheehan was reacting to the Royal Black parade on Saturday when loyalists played The Sash while Mass was being celebrated inside the church.

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Fr Sheehan, said: “it was disappointing and disheartening that the Royal Black Preceptory consider that the playing the Sash as they march past residents of Carrick Hill and through this community of St PPatrick’s was respectful.”The playing of loud music as they pass in frount of St Patrick’s Church during devine worship is definitely not respectful, It is not conductive to the building of respect, trust and confidence between the communities of this city. It doesn’t win the respect or trust of the congregation of this church. This particular breach of codes of practice is beyound comprehension,” he said. “It is difficult not to interpret such actions on the part of the loyal orders as a failure at any real attempt to resolve the issues around the contentious parades as they pass St Patrick’s Church and it’s community.”

The last Saturday parade which passed St Patrick’s Church on Belfast’s Donegall Street “flouted every legal restriction placed on it,” according to the culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin, a Sinn Fein MLA for the area said “total disrespect” shown to the nationalist community living in the area. The Parades Commission had determined that only a single drum beat be played as bands passed Carrick Hill while the return leg was supposed to be finished ahead of Mass. However, nationalist politicians claimed the Royal Black Institution (a supposedly religious orgainasition) was delayed by participants so that it coincided with Ssturday evening Mass. While music was played passing the church. Ms Ni Chuilin also claimed a member of the order had spat on a protester. Parish priest Fr Michael Sheehan said: “Tensions had been inflamed by “disrespect for the rule of law and good civic relations between citizens, organisation and communities”.

Ms Ni Chuilin said: “I am fed up hearing about loyal orders being religious oeganisations celebrating culture when in reality what was on show today was an exercise in sectarian coa trailing through a nationalist area.970645_693636490662862_35749967_n “A member of the Royal Black Institution spat upon a protester and on the way home they waited until Mass had started before returning past St Patrick’s Church. “Every aspect of the determination in relation to the parade was broken today and it is my opinion it was an effort to goad nationalist residents into some type of retaliatory reaction.” SDLP assembly member Alban Maginness said he believed marchers acted “quite deliberately” to delay the parade to coincide with Mass.”The Black men (bastards) were supposed to have finished their parade by 6.15. They didn’t commence their parade until around 7.10 so they passed the church after Mass had started,” he said. He said the manner which music was played when passing the church as “not fitting for prayer or worship” and described the behaviour of marchers as “aggressive and provocative”. In June this year the Orange Order, in conjunction with the Royal Black Institution, issued a “template” it said would help ease tensions in the area. The template suggested they would facilitate weddings, funerals and regular church services. Violence erupted outside Donegall Street church during a similar parade last yesr when nationalists and loyalists clashed. A spokesman for the Royal Black Institution said: “Around Northern Ireland on Saturday, approximately 18,000 members of the Royal Black Institution took part in their annual Last Saturday demonstrations. “Many thousands of turned out to enjoy the spectable which is an important part of our culture, (are they having a fucking laugh). “Although there will always be people opposed to our parades, we are pleased that our day passed off without any incident and we beleive this is a step forward.”

With many thanks to : Simon Cunningham, The Irish News.

BANDSMEN TO FACE COURT A YEAR AFTER St PATRICK’S FURORE

‘The decision has been taken to prosecute 15 individuals in relation to an incident at St Patrick‘s Church on July 12 2012 – PPS spokeswoman.

FIFTEEN members of a loyalist band filmed playing sectarian music while marching in circles outside a Catholic church are set to be prosecuted. Controversy erupted after members of Young Conway Volunteers were recorded playing the ‘Famine Song‘ at St Patrick’s Church in Belfast city centre on the Twelfth of July last year.

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The song contains anti-Catholic and anti-Irish lyrics and is sung by Glasgow Rangers supporters and loyalists. The episode, which made international headlines, was blamed for making the St Patrick’s area a new parading flashpoint and stoking wider tensions across the north of the city. More than a year after the footage emerged, it is understood band members are to be prosecuted for the offence of “doing a provocative act”. Since last years parade – part of the main Twelfth procession through Belfast city centre – parishioners at St Patrick’s and local residents have objected to loyal order marches passing the church and the nearby nationalist district of Carrick Hill. Based on the Shan kill Road, the Young Conway Volunteers band was formed in 2007 for the “preservation and promotion” of the memory of Thomas Skinner – a member of the UVF youth wing, the Young Citizen Volunteers, who died in 2003.

The band caused more controversy last August when it defied a Parades Commission ruling not to take part in a Royal Black Institution parade past St Patrick’s. Violence flared when a large number of bands also broke a commission determination by playing music as they passed the church. Members of Young Conway Volunteers took part in this year’s Twelfth parade past St Patrick’s with a band called Young Citizens Volunteers. To date only one person has been convicted of offences a raising out of the July 2012 incident outside St Patrick’s. In March this year William Bell (48), known as Billy, admitted assaulting north Belfast man JJ Magee. Bell waved a club-shaped stick at the Sinn Fein member as he was filming the YCV band outside the church. It is understood members of the band will appear in court later this month.

A spokeswoman for the Public Prosecution Service confirmed: “The decision has been taken to pprosecute 15 individuals in relation to an incident at St Patrick’s Church on July 12 2012.” Meanwhile, security is set to be tight around St Patrick’s this weekend when the Apprentice Boys parade takes place past the church on Saturday involving one band and up to 55 people. The band taking part has been ordered to play only hymns from the junction of Clifton Street and West Link and Donegal Street and Union Street. Nationalists residents have also been given permission to hold a protest during the parade.

With many thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.

‘ATTEMPTS TO MAKE ME A POLICE INFORMER LOST ME MY JOB’

‘They can lose me as many jobs as they want buy I am never going to work for [them] - Matt Johnston, pictured

A BELFAST man has claimed he lost his job after attempts were made to recruit him as a police informer. Matt Johnston, from the republican New Lodge area, said police seized his car outside an east Belfast warehouse where he worked last month.

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According to the father-of-two who has previous convictions, officers demanded to search his car at Castlereagh PSNI station after earlier raiding the house in north Belfast where his children live and visiting a recruitment agency in search of him. He says that while later walking to the station to pick up his car he was approached by two men as he walked along Dill Street, close to the former RUC interrogation centre.The 32-year-old says the men asked him to supply information about two Belfast-based republicans and refereed to his former membership of a residents group set up to support people in Carrick Hill opposed to loyalist parades past St Patrick‘s Church.

Johnston says that during the encounter the men told him they could arrange for him to lose his job. In June 2012 he was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to taking part in a tiger kidnap robbery in 2008. He served nine months in Maghaberry and was released last March due to time already served on remand. “Is this their new tactic, if you don’t work for us we will starve you into it?” he asked. “554902_127331307455451_502011840_n-1They wanted to rattle my cage and ttest the water with me to see what I was made of. They can lose me as many jobs as they want but I am never going to work for [them].” Politicians have routinely defended the use of informers to combat dissident Republican attacks. UUP justice minister Tom Elliot recently said that while everyone has the right to question security force tactics “they also have a right to prevent any acts of criminality and I support their right to do that”. A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: “We do not comment on intelligence matters and no inference should be drawn from this.”

With many thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.

NEW GROUP SUPPORTS RESIDENTS OPPOSED TO LOYAL ORDER PARADES

‘The way to find a resolution to this issue is for the loyal orders to sit down with the Carrick Hill residents group in face-to-face dialogue - Kate Clarke.

A NEW group set up to “support” residents opposed to loyal order parades past St Patrick‘s Church in Belfast. The group was formed after a public meeting in the New Lodge area on Wednesday night.

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Around 150 people packed into a hall to discuss parades past St Patrick’s and nearby Carrick Hill area. The Carrick Hill and New Lodge districts are both in the St Patrick’s parish and the Carrick Hill Concerned Residents group held regular protests during contentious parades. Residents from New Lodge and nearby North Queen Street held a separate protests along the parade route at Clifton Street during the disputed Tour of the North last Friday. Tensions in the area have been high since the Shankill Road-based Young Conway Volunteers were filmed playing the sectarian Famine Song on July 12 last year.

During this week’s meeting, which was descibed as being tense at times, several people attending voiced their view that there was no need for a new residents group in the area.A nine-person committee was eventually nominated and the decision taken to establish it as a “support” group as opposed to a separate residents body. Chairwoman Kate Clarke said dialogue was the only way to find a solution to the parades crisis. “We will be taking our lead from the Carrick Hill residents group and as fellow parishioners will do whatever we can to assist them as they seek respect for their community and our church from loyal order paparades,” she said. “The way to find a rresolution to this issue is for the loyal orders to sit down with the Carrick Hill residents group in face-to-face dialogue.”

Meanwhile, the Parades Commission has placed restrictions on a ‘counter-protest’ during a contentious Orange Order parade on the Springfield Road. Supporters of the Orange Order had wanted to hold a protest at the flashpoint “in support of equal access to perceived contested space”. A major security operation took place for the annual parade. While it has been peaceful in recent years, in the past it has sparked violent clashes. After receiving submissions on Friday, Parades Commission chiefs limited the ‘counter-protest’ to 10 people and restricted those taking part to an area close to the gates of Springfield Road Primary School. Springfield Residents Action Group, which is linked to Sinn Fein, has been given permission to hold an anti-parade protest involving up to 200 people between the junction of Pollard Street and Springfield Road and the entrance of Millennium Outreach Centre. Strict conditions have been placed on those taking part in the parade itself, with only 50 office bearers and members of Whiterock Temperance lodge allowed to pass through Workman Avenue and along the disputed part of Springfield Road. Up to 16 bands and remaining 900 participants must make their way through the site of the former Mackies factory before rejoining Springfield Road.

With many thanks to : Connla Young, The Irish News.

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BANDS ‘BREACH COMMISSION RULING’ ONCE AGAIN !!

NATIONALIST residents have reacted angrily after claims that bands taking part in the Tour of the North parade broke a Parades Commission ruling not to play music while passing St Patrick‘s Church last night.

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There was also a tense stand off between police and nationalist residents after an alter action involving the residents and parade supporters near Kent Street in Carrick Hill. Police said a 20-year-old man was arrested for disorderly behaviour and a 16-year-old male for provocative conduct. Police also said they were investigating “suspected breaches of the Parades Commission determination”. Commission chiefs had ordered up to 15 bands taking part in the march to play only hymns when passing St Patrick’s Church, close to the Belfast city center. The bands were also instructed to play a single drum beat while passing the nearby Carrick Hill. However, residents last night claimed that bandsmen breached the commission ruling after playing music while passing Carrick Hill. They also claimed several bands played music other than hymns while passing St Patrick’s. Residents also maintained a band taking part in an earlier feeder Parade past St Patrick’s and Carrick Hill breached the Parades Commission determination by playing music as it passed the nnationalist district.

Carrick Hill residents’ spokesman Frank Dempsey last night criticised the Orange Order and Parades Commission. “It’s clear the Parades Commission determinations are meaningless,” he said. “They [ Orange Order ] are being rewarded for breaking determinations and what are they trying to achive ? “And what are the Parades Commission saying to the people of Carrick Hill?” During the parade residents from Carrick Hill and the New Lodge held separate protests at Clifton Street while a further protest was held outside St Patrick’s. North Belfast Sinn Fein assembly member Caral Ni Chuilin said she beleived the commission determinations had been breached. “This is the first contentious march of the parading season and it does not bode very well. The residents have called for dialogue and the residents need to reciprocate.”

SDLP assembly member Alban Maginness said the breach was a “sign that the Orange Order dies not want to conform with the decesion of the Parades Commission. “None of this helps de-escalate what could be a very difficult marching season and this is the first significant  march of the season,” he said. Tensions in north Belfast have been high since the Shankill Road-based Young Conway Volunteers were filmed marching in circles while playing the sectarian Famine Song on July 12 last year. In a statement last night a spokesman for the County Grand Orange Lodge of Belfast said : “Orangemen, women and bands paraded with dignity and showed respect at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Chapel.” “We are saddened that citizens of the city of Belfast were prevented from walking along a main throughfare and it makes a mockery of a so-called shared city,” he said.

With many thanks to : Connie YoungIrish News.

TENSIONS HIGH AHEAD OF FIRST MAJOR LOYALIST MARCH !

Unionists call for lifting of restrictions

TENSIONS were high in North Belfast last night aheaDone all Street first major loyalist parade of thevolatile g season. Following lengthy deliberations the Parades Commission announced at 9.30pm that it had rejected a request by unionist politicians to lift restrictions placed on tommorow night’s Tour of the North parade as it passes St PPatrick’s Church in the city centre.

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Hours earlier Chief Constable Matt Baggott said he was optimistic that there would be peace on the streets this summer. The Donegall Street church has become one of the most vioatile marching locations since July last year when a band marched in circles outside it while playing a sectarian tune. The commission has ordered the 15 bands taking part tommorow to play only hymn music while passing the Donegall Street flashpoint. The bands were also told to play only a single drumbeat while passing the nearby nationalist Carrick Hill district during the Orange Order parade. The order had wanted the lead band to play hymns while the reminder would play traditional tunes while passing the church.

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THE Parades Commission has rejected a request by unionist politicians to lift restrictions on tommorow night’s Tour of the North parade as it passes St Patrick‘s Church in central Belfast.

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Commissioners agreed to review a ruling to restrict bands taking part in the controversial parade after they meet a delegation from the UUP, DUP and PUP earlier this week. However, a spokesman for the commission announced at 9.30pm last night following ” a review of its determination, regarding the upcoming Tour of the North parade, the commission has concluded that there is insufficient new evidence upon which to alter its original determinations”. The decision to reconsider the march came just days after a commission determination ordered 15 bands taking part to play hymn music while passing the Donegall Street flashpoint. The bands were also instructed to play only a single drumbeat while passing the nearby nationalist Carrick Hill district during the Orange Order parade. The order had wanted the lead band to play hymns while the reminder would play traditional tunes while passing the church. The commission only grants a review when fresh information is presented to them and members are allowed to amend or revoke the original decision if the majority agree. The ruling came just days after the order revealed a ‘template’ it said would reduce tension in the area. Under its plan the order identified eight main parades schedueled to pass St Patrick’s between June 21 and October 27. It proposed that bands play hymns during five of the parades and during the remaining three the lead band would play a hymn with the remainder playing traditional tunes. The ‘template’ made no mention of Carrick Hill and nationalist residents were not consulted.

Two nationalist groups, Carrick Hill Concerned Residents’Committee and Greater New Lodge and North Queen Street Concerned Residents’ Group had applied to the Parades Commission to hold separate protests, involving a total of 300 people, close to St Patrick’s during the Tour of the North. The commission on Wednesday night said restrictions had been placed on the protests. While Carrick Hill Concerned Residents’ Committee can hold two demonstrations, with 30 people at each, Greater New Lodge and North Queen Street Conserned Residents’ Group can hold one protest involving 30 people. Frank Dempsey, spokesman for Carrick Hill Concerned Resident’s Committee, said : “Whether or not we agreed with the determination in the first place is irrelevant. The fact that for once the loyal orders in conjunction with unionist politicians haven’t got their own way. “And what we are saying even at this stage is lets resolve this togeather and make the Parades Commission irrelevant so we won’t have to go through this procedure every time there is a march. Dialogue is the only answer for us.” SDLP councillor Nicola Mallon on Wednesday night called for “cool and calm heads to ensure that Friday night passes off peacefully”. “The fact that the Parades Commission determinations, whether liked or not, are lawful and binding and people whether parading or protest, must obey the law,” she said. Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said the determination was “the right one in the first place and lets hope it is a peaceful day for all concerned”.

With many thanks to : Connia Young, Irish News.

15 BAND MEMBERS CHARGED OVER TUNE PLAYED OUTSIDE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Prosecutors say Famine Song was provocative

MEMBERS of a loyalist band are to be prosecuted for playing a sectarian tune near a Catholic churchThe Irish News understands that 15 members of Dunmurry Protestant Boys face charges of playing the Famine Song during an Apprentice Boys Rememmember dance Day parade past St Patrick‘s Church in central Belfast last November.

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The Public Prosecution Service‘s decision comes days before the Tour of the North, the first major parade of a highly charged marching season. The 15 will not be charged with breaching a Parades Commission determination – which on the day was an order to play only hymns – but with ‘provocative conduct’. It is understood that band members will argue that they did not strike up the Famine Song until they thought they were clear of the restricted zone outside the church. The anti-Irish and anti-Catholic song, played to the tune of the Beach Boys hit Sloop John B, is popular with some Rangers FC fans and loyalists. On the Twelfth of July last year another loyalist band, Shankill Road-based Young Conway Volunteers, were filmed playing the tune while walking in circles outside the Donegall Street church. Meanwhile, it was argued in the High Court on Wedensday that police allowed Union Flag protesters to stage illegal marches into the city centre every week for up to three months. Lawyers for a resident of a nationalist area said all involved in the unnotifed parade should have been arrested for criminal offences.

“I’m expressing disappointment that people feel a need to prosecute for what was a genuine mistake - Jim Brownlee.

The controversy came several months after another controversial band, the Shankill Road-based Young Conway Volunteers, was filmed walking in circles outside the church while playing The Famine Song on July 12 last year. Fourteen members of the band, including a 15-year-old boy, were later questioned by police in relation to provocative behaviour outside the church. One man was later convicted in connection with an assault which took place during the incident. Violence flared during a Royal Black Institution parade past St Patrick’s the following month as community relations in the area hit a new low. Earlier this year, The Irish News revealed that 37 people were facing prosecution arising out of alleged breaches of a Parades Commission determination during the procession. Speaking last year after the incident involving Dunmurry Protestant Boys, St Patrick’s adminstrator Fr Michael Sheenan expressed his disappointment that the Parades Comnission determination had been broken. Carrick Hill Concened Residents Committee chairman Frank Dempsey said the determination breach had caused insult to residents. The incident took place just weeks after The Irish News revealed that the Apprentice Boys and nationalist residents from Carrick Hill had held talks in a bid to ease tensions around the parading issue. “I’m expressing disappointment that people feel a need to prosecute for what was a genuine mistake,” Apprentice Boys governor Jim Brownlee said on Wednsday night. A spokesman for the Public Prosecution Service said : “I can confirm a decision has been taken to prosecute a number of individuals in this case.” News of the prosecutions came after the Orange Order revealed its “template” to help reduce tensions in the area earlier this week.

With many thanks to : Connie Young, Irish News

RESIDENTS MAY DEFY PARADES BODY AND PROTEST

” Why parishioners not allowed to stand outside their own church when the leadership of the UVF can stand outside it ” ? - Frank Dempsey.

NORTH Belfast nationalists will tonight decide wwhether to defy a ban on holding a protest outside a Catholic Church during a controversial Apprentice Boys parade. People living in Carrick Hill reacted angrily after the Parades Commission restricted the location of proposed protests as marchers pass the flashpoint St Patrick‘s Church and nearby nationalist homes on Easter Monday.

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Protests at a car park opposite the city centre church and at Clifton Street are limited to 30 people. A request to sstand directly outside St Patrick’s – the parish church of many of the protesters – was turned down. The commission was criticised last week for permitting Apprentice Boys to take one band and 60 members along the disputed route. Although bandsmen will be allowed to play loyalist tunes while passing Carrick Hill they will be restricted to a single drum beat when passing St Patrick’s on Donegall Street, the scene of violence surrounding parades last summer. Residents spokesman Frank Dempsey last night said his community might decide to ignore the commission both on where protets are held and the numbers taking part. Referring to previous parades pasr St Patrick’s, he asked : ” Why are parishioners not allowed to stand outside their own church when the leadership of the UVF can stand outside it ?’”

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Mr Dempsey said that before coming to a decision people in the area will consider comments Cheif ConstableM Matt Baggott made during the Union Flag protests. He said ” People are asking Do we really have to go near the Parades Commission given what Matt Baggott said in January that anyone is entitled to a peaceful protest ?” ” Resident groups are abiding by determinations and the Loyal Orders don’t even consult witb the Parades Commission and then break their determinations. ” Then they are rewarded in places like Carrick Hill, Ardoyne and Short Strand.” The commission has also been criticised for allowing the Apprentice Boys to march past Ardoyne interface despite having turned down an offer to meet residents.

SDLP councillor Nichola Mallon said an ” apparent lack of consistency ” in the commission’s decisions was a sourse of frusration. It needed to explain its reasoning better, she said. ” Residents in Carrick Hill are asking me why, when the commission deemed the route past St Patrick’s controversial and reflected this in its determination on the parade, are they not allowed to peacefully protest at this spot outside the church ?” She said. Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said : ” Wwithout  dialogue from the loyal orders, with either the residents or the Parades Commission , parades should not get the go-ahead.” The commission declined to comment. Police said : ” The PSNI does not discuss operational procedures ahead of any event. However, any event will be monitored and all appropriate advice given and action taken where necessary. ” All parades and protests are policed appropriately and in accordance with Parades Commission determination.”

With many thanks to : Connia Young, Irish News.

PERVERT ON THE LOOSE

Sicko who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old is on Belfast Streets.

HERE’S a warning to all kids : If you see this man aaround Custom House Square – RUN. Because he’s a dangerous paedophile who abducted and sexually assaulted a young girl by touching her genitals and kissing her but who is living just a stone through from Custom House Square.

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Sleazy Colin ‘ Beep ‘ Shaw was due to be sentenced at Belfast Crown Court last Thursday but was adjourned until Wednesday 20th March. He is facing 14 years behind bars after a jury convicted him of grooming and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl whom he also abducted. Shaw’s address at a hostel in Victoria Street right across the road from Custom Hobefore quare where hundreds of kids and their families celebrated St Patrick’s Day concert and celebrations last week where the City Council had set up a specific kid’s carnival and play zone. Just two pavements and three lanes of traffic seperated 48-year-old Shaw’s ffront door from where the concert was being held, many of the windows at the hostel even overlook Custom House Square. Nither hostel mangement or the PSNI/RUC would comment on how the risk he and other paedophile predators pose would be managed.

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A three line statement from the PSNI/RUC and the Public Protections Arrangement unit said that sometimes, they bbelieved ” hostel accommodation is more effective in terms of protecting the public “. ” Offenders residing in hostel accommodation are subject to a range of restrictions and may be subject to sexual offences prevention orders, curfews and electronic tagging, the statement concluded. A spokesman for the Salvation Army-run hostel would not comment when asked if there were any other paedophiles living alongside Shaw. Their statement said that as part of their work as a church and charity, ” we risk assess service users and work closely with professionals within the justice system to ensure the safety of all our service users and staff within the centre.” While the statement  said there was a system of announced and unannounced visits ” from representatives from the justice authorities “, it concluded : ” The movement of any individual outside the centre is a matter for criminal justice.” Paedo Shaw, originally from East Belfast, is on bail awaiting sentence after a jury convicted him of numerous offences including grooming a 12-year-old girl, abducting her and sexually assaulting her on dates between the 2nd and 9th September 2009.

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As part of those bail conditions Shaw, nicknamed ‘ Beep “, is barred from going within 20 metres of any ” child centered facility ” and he’s the subject of an afternoon curfew so that he is indoors when kids get out of school, previous  courts have heard how he breached both bail orders and hostel rules. During hist trial last November, the Belfast Crown Court jury heard how Shaw befriended the 12-year-old, giving her cigarettes, often booze and takig her to the Ozone Leisure Complex. His offending came to light on September 9, 2011, when the girl failed to come home and when she eventually did, she told them how Shaw had twice kissed her on the cheek, touched her private parts and hugged her before they parted company. When Shaw’s property was searched, cops uncovered receiceipts for a mobile phone and sim card, as well as a poem written about a girl with the same name as the 12-year-old girl. Chillingly, officers also found a map of east Belfast pinned up on the wall marking out every nursery, primary and secondary school in the densely populated area with circles. when Shaw’s sentencing hearing was adjourned last Thursday, Deputy Recorder of Belfast Judge Corinne Philpott QC revealed that a probation assessment had concluded Shaw was ‘ dangerous ‘ in that he was likely to re-offend and that he posed a significant risk of causing serious harm to any future victim. That means Shaw could face either an extended custodial sentence, or even an indefinate jail term, meaning that Shaw would not be released until it was thought he could be safely managed in the community. On Wednday 20th March Shaw faced a maximum sentence of 14 years and potentially a whole raft of court orders to dictate all aspects of his life.

With many thanks to : Paul Higgins, Sunday World

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