Threats against DUP leader not criminal, says PSNI

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Sir Jeffrey was speaking as the Commons debated a bill to extend the deadline for restoring devolution

By Brendan Hughes

BBC News NI political reporter

No criminal offences have been detected by police investigating alleged threats made against Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said it had concluded its investigation, following inquiries.

The DUP later said the matter had been reported to the PSNI.

At the time, a party spokesman said there was "no place for the threat of violence in democratic politics" and that "we trust those responsible will be held accountable for their actions".

Sir Jeffrey referred to the threats during an impassioned speech in the House of Commons.

At the time, the DUP was blocking Northern Ireland's devolved institutions in protest over Brexit trade rules.

The party had been in talks with the government, seeking changes to the arrangements for Northern Ireland under the Windsor Framework.

He hit out at his unionist critics, saying that some were attempting to "orchestrate opposition".

The DUP has been approached for comment.

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