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Police praise safest and most peaceful Twelfth celebrations in recent memory

The Twelfth demonstration in Glenarm, County Antrim. (Photo: Paul Faith)

Police have thanked everyone involved in this year’s Twelfth celebrations, praising the event as “one of the safest and most peaceful” in recent memory.

In total there were just eight arrests related to these events. Police are also investigating a small number of potential breaches of Parades Commission determinations.

Assistant Chief Constable for Local Policing, Bobby Singleton, said:

“Today, in what is one of the busiest days of the year for policing in Northern Ireland, the Police Service had over 2,500 police officers and staff working with local communities and partners to facilitate almost 600 parades.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank all those involved for their help in making this one of the safest and most peaceful 12th July events in recent memory.”

The parade in Ballymena on Tuesday. (Photo: Lynn McCosh)

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) said it attended 35 bonfire related calls - a decrease from last year.

A spokesperson for NIFRS said:

“Between 6pm 11 July and 2am 12 July 2022, Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) received a total of 203 emergency 999 calls which resulted in our Firefighters responding to 98 operational incidents.

“During this period we attended 35 bonfire related incidents. This represents a 12.5% decrease in bonfire incidents during the same timeframe in 2021.

“Peak activity was between 11pm and 1am.

“NIFRS maintained normal emergency response throughout the evening, attending a range of operational incidents including special service calls, a road traffic collision and other emergencies.”


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