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Sinn Féin MP Michelle Gildernew reports Jamie Bryson tweet to PSNI

Loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson
Connla Young

A Sinn Féin MP has reported a tweet by prominent loyalist Jamie Bryson about a bonfire row in Mid Ulster to police.

It is understood a complaint was made after Mr Bryson commented on an Irish News story about plans to introduce a licensing scheme for council property.

Unionists have reacted angrily to the plan which will put responsibility on bonfire organisers to take out their own insurance and adhere to health and safety regulations.

In recent weeks threatening posters directed at the council have gone up in loyalist areas across Mid Ulster, while the hardline British Truth Forum (BTF) has urged loyalists to boycott the planned licensing scheme.

There is no suggestion the posters and BTF are linked.

Mr Bryson retweeted Saturday's Irish News story, which outlined the BTF position along with an image of the threats made to council staff, with the words: “Well done to these loyalists in Mid-Ulster. A number of salient points made about the lunacy of engaging with statutory-led bonfire schemes.”

Ms Gildernew took to Twitter yesterday to say she has reported the tweet to police.

“I have reported @JamieBrysonCPNI's tweet to @PoliceServiceNI and to @Twitter,” she said.

“People in this area are living in fear, faceless people threatening my constituents with impunity."

Mr Bryson later suggested that his remarks referred only to the article.

He tweeted that "this must be one of the most hilarious moves ever by SF".

"Reported to the PSNI for praising perfectly lawful comments published in the @irish_news."

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