POLICE say they pleased that last night’s Tour of the North Parade in Belfast passed off peacefully.
Belfast City District Commander Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said: “The aim of the police operation was to ensure the safety of everyone involved.
“We had a significant operation in place last night and I am very pleased with how the parade has passed.
“I was encouraged by the manner in which all those present conducted themselves and appreciate the efforts those involved went to in ensuring this was the case.
“The efforts made by community representatives and event organisers showed a real willingness to ensure the event pass off peacefully.
“This will create a positive platform for dealing with sensitive parades throughout the coming months.”
Earlier in the day, the Orange Order lost a judicial review hearing at the High Court in Belfast.
They wanted a judge to quash what it described as “draconian” restrictions imposed on the march by the Parades Commission.