Northern Ireland

Pride comments being treated as a hate crime

Comments made during Saturday's Pride parade in Belfast have been reported to the PSNI
Comments made during Saturday's Pride parade in Belfast have been reported to the PSNI Comments made during Saturday's Pride parade in Belfast have been reported to the PSNI

The PSNI is treating comments made by a protester during the Belfast Pride parade at the weekend as a hate crime.

Thousands of people attended the annual parade on Saturday.

Comments made by a man using a public address system at Royal Avenue were later reported to police.

Alliance councillor Micky Murray
Alliance councillor Micky Murray Alliance councillor Micky Murray

Belfast Alliance councillor Micky Murray was present when the comments, which he said were "deeply offensive" were made.

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"Members of the public were visibly and audibly outraged by it."

The councillor intends to raise the matter with Assistant Chief Constable Bobby Singleton this week.

Superintendent Christian Bradley said: "Officers were present at the scene and gathered evidence on body worn video.

"This footage is being reviewed by investigators.

"The incident is being treated as a hate crime."