Statement by Mark Sykes this evening in response to his arrest by PSNI at Bookies Atrocity memorial and in response to Chief Constable Simon Byrne:
“The only thing I had in my hands was flowers that my 3 year old grand daughter had lain at her uncle’s memorial. When I asked police what they were doing and had they notebooks out at Pitt Park, I was told if I swore again I would be arrested. I said this is a f***ing disgrace as I walked away. The police then grabbed me and handcuffed me.
“The cuffs were as tight as possible, behind my back. The handcuffs were dug in tightly to the bullet wounds I suffered 29 years ago to the day. On top of the insult of donating the weapon to shoot me to a museum they have today literally rubbed the steel of their handcuffs as salt in my physical wounds”