05/02/2018

Gerry Kelly Reported To PSNI Over Wheel Clamp

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has been reported to the police over an incident in Belfast on Friday, 02 February.

Mr Kelly was reported over alleged criminal damage after footage on social media appears to show him using bolt cutters to remove a wheel clamp in the Cathedral Quarter area.

DUP Deputy Leader Nigel Dodds said: "The Gerry Kelly incident is symptomatic of a wider pattern of behaviour by leading Sinn Fein figures.

"They regard themselves as not being bound by the same rules as the rest of society.

"They preach respect but show little or no respect for people, rules or laws which they disagree with.

"They preach equality but, to them, some are more equal than others.

"This is another significant test for the Sinn Fein leadership.

"They failed miserably over the Barry McElduff scandal.

"They failed to deal with Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.
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"Will Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald or Michelle O’Neill finally take action when we have their policing spokesperson act like this?"

Ulster Unionist MLA, Roy Beggs, said: "Gerry Kelly's actions demonstrate contempt for private property and a complete lack of respect for rules that apply to the rest of us in Northern Ireland. What if everyone ignored yellow lines? Does Gerry think that he is special and above the rules that apply to you and me?

"This is a public representative who sits on the Policing Board but seemingly drives around with a set of bolt cutters available to remove unwanted wheel clamps. He sets an appalling example. It seems that being in possession of a Royal Pardon has made Gerry Kelly believe that he is truly untouchable. He should do the decent thing and resign. If this was to happen in any other part of the United Kingdom or indeed the Republic, the relevant politician would be gone. Instead Gerry Kelly is arrogant and shameless."

(CD/MH)

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