06/02/2018

Gerry Kelly Regrets Decision To Remove Clamp From His Car In Belfast

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has said he regrets his decision to remove a clamp from his car as he was leaving a gym in Belfast.

Mr Kelly was reported over alleged criminal damage after footage on social media appeared to show him using bolt cutters to remove a wheel clamp in the Cathedral Quarter area on Friday, 02 February.

However, he said that he has contacted the company and paid the fine.
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Mr Kelly said: "I phoned the number on the notice and the only response I got was music. I then went in to the Mac and asked had they another number for the company.

"I immediately rang that number and this number was out of use. I was under pressure to get to the talks meetings. I remembered that the gym had a set of bolt cutters and I borrowed them. 

"Let me add that staff at the gym were not aware what I was using the bolt cutters for. I then removed the clamp.

"I made an on-the-spot decision which I now regret."

(CD/LM)

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