Sunday Life

**It occurs to me that I should have just given you the link to this Sunday's Belfast Telegraph...

Riot-hit area's top cops move on

18 July 2004

THE two most senior PSNI officers in north Belfast are moving to take up new posts, the Sunday Life can reveal.

But police last night said the internal changes were not linked to the storm surrounding last week's controversial Ardoyne parade.

North Belfast district commander, Chief Superintendent Julie Lindsay-White, is to take over as head of the force's internal investigations branch.

She will be based at PSNI headquarters at Knock.

And her deputy in north Belfast, Superintendent David Boultwood, has been promoted to Chief Superintendent.

He is to take over as head of the district command unit in west Belfast.

Ulster Unionist councillor, Jim Rodgers, who is also a member of the district policing partnership in Belfast, said he was "shocked" at the timing of the appointments.

But a PSNI spokeswoman said the decision on promotions and postings had been taken by the force's command team on July 8, following "recent competition" for senior posts.

She added: "The need to place the new chief superintendents necessitated a wide range of internal moves within the service."

It is understood the new appointments will become effective in September.

There was widespread criticism from both nationalists and republicans over the police handling of last Monday's Orange Order return parade in north Belfast.

Twenty-five police officers were injured during disturbances, which flared after Orangemen and supporters were allowed along the bitterly contested route at Ardoyne shops.

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