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PSNI review of Bobby Storey funeral footage could take months

Police at the funeral procession of senior republican Bobby Storey in west Belfast. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA
Brendan Hughes

The PSNI's plans to review footage of Bobby Storey's funeral could take some considerable time to reach a conclusion.

Police on Wednesday said they would "review footage gathered during the funeral" to consider "any suspected breaches" of Covid-19 restrictions.

Officers have on numerous occasions in the past opted to gather footage and consider it after an incident as a means of investigation, such as for divisive demonstrations or parades.

The task of reviewing footage of an incident means it is expected that it could take weeks, if not months, before an outcome is reached.

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Police are likely to take considerable time determining whether any restrictions were breached, and if so, whether the matter should be referred to the Public Prosecution Service.

Hundreds of people gathered in west Belfast earlier this week for prominent republican Bobby Storey's funeral.

PSNI Superintendent Melanie Jones said: "We were made aware of the plans for the funeral and had engaged with the celebrant and service organisers to highlight both the public health advice and risks around Covid-19, and the requirement for those attending to adhere to social distancing.

"We had assurances that those attending would observe the health guidelines and that marshals would be in place to encourage those lining the cortege route to observe social distancing.

"We will now review footage gathered during the funeral and will consider any suspected breaches of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations NI 2020."

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