Election 2015 Northern Ireland

Jim Wells interviewed by police over election hustings comments

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Image caption The BBC understands three complaints were made to police who are trying to determine if Mr Wells' conduct at the event was likely to cause public offence

The DUP South Down MLA Jim Wells has been interviewed by police in relation to comments he made at an election hustings event in April.

He spent two hours at Dowpatrick police station on Wednesday morning.

Mr Wells sparked controversy when he appeared to link child abuse with homosexual relationships.

The BBC understands three complaints were made to police who are trying to determine if his conduct at the event was likely to cause public offence.

The former health minister wrote to the police himself to arrange the interview.

It is believed the police have decided there is no issue to be pursued in relation to another incident in April when Mr Wells was canvassing a house in Rathfriland occupied by a lesbian couple.

However, police are still examining Mr Wells' comments at Downpatrick before deciding whether they constitute a criminal offence.

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