OPERATION CHIMERA: SIX ARRESTED OVER SOMME PARADE TROUBLE

Police scene armed copPSNI officers arrested six people yesterday as part of Operaton Chimera, an investigation into trouble at a recent parade.

Coleraine police initiated Operation Chimera to identify individuals believed to have been involved in offences in the area of Somerset Drive, Pates Lane and Killowen Street during the Battle of the Somme commemoration parade on Tuesday 1 July.

The Operation swung into action yesterday morning, August 4 following a number of weeks of planning and co-ordination.

It resulted in six arrests in total with more expected in the coming coming days.

Inspector Ian Armour explained Operation Chimera in more detail:

“Police are committed to keeping people safe and I believe this operation will lead to more arrests and see people brought before the courts.

“The vast majority of Coleraine people want to lead positive lives, free from violence and threat. There can be no justification for disorder and this planned operation shows that we are committed to keeping communities safe.

“We have been planning for Operation Chimera since the first week of July and so were able to make swift arrests.

“For those arrested yesterday and in the coming days, due legal process will follow and where sufficient evidence exists, we will bring charges or forward files to the PPS.

“Police will continue to do everything we can to make Coleraine a safer place for everyone.

“I will provide a community update on the progress of Operation Chimera in the coming weeks.”

Anyone with information about those involved in the trouble can contact police working on Operation Chimera on the non-emergency 101 number or through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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