Castlederg parade: DUP meet senior police officer ahead of republican march

Street in Castlederg, County Tyrone The parade is planned for 11 August in Castlederg

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The DUP are due to meet Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton later to discuss a controversial republican march planned for Castlederg.

Tyrone Volunteer's Day parade will commemorate the county's republican dead, including two IRA members killed by their own bomb in 1973.

The parade is backed by Sinn Féin.

The Parades Commission has placed restrictions on the march and it has been re-routed to avoid a war memorial in the town.

DUP minister Arlene Foster and MLA Tom Buchanan, who both represent the area, have said they will be emphasising to ACC Hamilton the importance of adequately policing the parade.

Meanwhile, the Parades Commission has confirmed that it will not review its determination on the Castlederg parade, despite requests from the DUP, UUP, the Derg Valley Victims' Voice as well as from the organisers of the republican parade.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "As standard practice the commission may review any determination, but only if there is fresh information to consider.

"On this occasion the commission has concluded that none of the requests contained sufficient new information to justify a review."

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