Boy, 13, among Belfast riot accused

Published Saturday, 08 December 2012
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A 13-year-old boy has been charged with rioting in Belfast during disorder which broke out on Friday evening, amid ongoing tensions surrounding the issue of flags.

Boy, 13, among Belfast riot accused
A water cannon is used to put out a car on fire. (© Pacemaker)

The teenager was arrested in the Ligoniel area on Friday night, police confirmed.

He is due to appear before the city's Youth Court on 2 January.

A 15-year-old boy has also been charged with rioting and with criminal damage. He is due in court on Monday.

Three men are also facing charges related to the violence.

A 41-year-old has been charged with rioting, possession of an offensive weapon and attempted criminal damage. He was arrested in the Malone area on Friday night and is due in court on Monday.

A 34-year-old man charged with disorderly behaviour and obstructing police is set to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court on 3 January.

And a 32-year-old accused of disorderly behaviour and resisting police is due in court on 4 January.

As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

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5 Comments
J in Belfast wrote (719 days ago):
If he broke the law then he should face the consequences. Some people here don't seem to realise that rioting puts people in danger and ordinary people suffer. Looks like the police did their job.
Carol in Belfast wrote (719 days ago):
Instead of being outraged that a 13 year old on the loyalist side has been arrested for rioting, shouldn't we all be outraged that a 13 year old is out on the streets rioting? Where are his parents? What kind of community is he being raised in that makes it ok for him to be out there in the first place? Raising our kids to be intolerant wee thugs (on both sides) is what's going to keep future generations from ever moving forward in this country. It's sickening.
jim in uk wrote (720 days ago):
13 year old ? the police are really going for the big boys here
realist in belfast wrote (720 days ago):
wow not a lot said about the republican terrorists caught with an iraqi type mortar bomb ready to use to murder police officers , seems its bigger headlines for the bored 13 year old protestants out looking for teenage kicks by throwing a few bricks at the police, sure the police usually withdraw from republican areas when they come under brick and stone attacks but the last few days they have battering protestants off the roads , how many petrol bombs have been launced at the police?? none just rocks and bottles yet the protestants are being hammered across the country and most of these protests atr peaceful , the dup and uup are not going to stand up for the protestant people no more its time to put them out of power just like we put them into power
gazza in belfast wrote (720 days ago):
pity they cant arrest republicans as fast !!!
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