Boy banned from parades

Published Thursday, 20 September 2012
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A 14-year-old boy accused of rioting in north Belfast must not go within 500 metres of any forthcoming parades, a judge has ordered.

Boy banned from parades
Bricks and debris litter the ground beside police landrovers at Carlisle Circus. (© UTV)

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, appeared before the city's Magistrates' Court on charges connected with major disturbances in the Carlisle Circus area.

More than 60 police officers were injured during three consecutive nights of violence which erupted after a republican parade earlier this month.

Loyalists protesting against the march pelted the PSNI with petrol bombs, fireworks, bricks and other missiles.

Flower pots were also stolen from a nearby nursing home to attack police lines, it was disclosed during a previous court hearing.

Fears have also been expressed that further serious public disorder could break out at the Ulster Covenant commemoration event in Belfast next weekend.

The 14-year-old suspect is accused of riotous assembly and criminal damage to a tree belonging to Belfast City Council on 2 September.

He also faces two counts of possessing offensive weapons in the Denmark Street area, namely a firework and a plank of wood.

The court was told that bail was being consented to under agreed conditions.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall instructed the accused that he is not to be within 500 metres of any parade or protest.

He must also report to police three times a week.

The schoolboy was remanded on bail to appear again before Belfast Youth Court on 5 October.

© UTV News
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