Charges thrown out over Larne violence

Charges thrown out over Larne violence

Two men, who appeared in court charged with offences in relation to an incident which was linked to loyalist violence in Larne, have had the charges against them thrown out.

The pair, aged 24 and 30 were charged with affray and possession of an offensive weapon.The charges related to an incident in Larne on Saturday when two arrests were made following a fight in the Ferris Avenue area of the town.Following a short hearing in Ballymena Magistrates' Court on Friday the charges were thrown out.A lawyer for the prosecution said there was insufficient evidence to proceed and as a result the judge threw out the case.The police said that while the charges had been withdrawn, they were still proceeding by way of a report to the Public Prosecution Service.On Monday police said they believed the fight was linked to disturbances in the town on Sunday night.Crowds of up to 100 people were involved in the disorder in the Knockdhu Park and Ferris Avenue areas of the Co Antrim town on Sunday night.Several people were assaulted, while houses and vehicles were attacked during the clashes which police blamed on loyalist paramilitaries.PSNI Assistant Chief Constable George Hamilton described the disorder as a UDA "power trip".

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