Three PSNI officers disciplined in Derry for arresting couple on wedding day

Three police officers in Derry have been disciplined for arresting a couple on their wedding day, after wrongly suspecting they were involved in a sham marriage.

The Police Ombudsman had ruled that Neil McElwee from Strabane and his then pregnant Chinese fiance Yanan Sun, had been unlawfully arrested and detained by the police.

The police wrongly arrested the couple, moments before the ceremony at the Guildhall in Derry.

PSNI Inspector John Burrows said the police had acted in good faith, but sometimes they got things wrong.

The couple were taken to a police station, forced to dress in forensic clothing and separated.

They were held for five hours and only released when their solicitor got involved. They were then married the next day.

At the time of the incident, Neil McElwee said an apology from the police simply wasnt good enough.

A PSNI spokesperson today confirmed that as a result of a PONI investigation three police officers were disciplined.