Six charged over Belfast rioting

Published Sunday, 11 August 2013
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Six people have been charged in connection with the serious disorder which broke out during loyalist protests against an anti-internment rally in Belfast on Friday night.

Six charged over Belfast rioting
A car on fire in North Street (© Presseye)

Fifty-six PSNI officers were injured after violence flared in the city centre where hundreds of loyalist protestors had gathered ahead of the republican rally.

Sporadic violence also broke out in the Peter's Hill area where a 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of riot and hijacking.

He has been charged with riotous assembly and was released on bail pending further enquiries in connection with the hijacking incident.

Meanwhile two men, aged 35 and 37, have been charged with riotous behaviour, obstructing police and resisting police.

A 28-year-old man has been charged with riotous assembly, obstructing police and resisting police.

All four are expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Elsewhere, a 57-year-old man has been charged with disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police.

A 23-year-old man is accused of disorderly behaviour, obstructing police, two counts of resisting police and possessing a class A controlled drug.

Both men are expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates' Court next month.

A seventh man, aged 37, has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

On Saturday PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott described the rioting as "mindless anarchy".

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20 Comments
Prod in NI wrote (443 days ago):
HumAn rights allow for protests Except in NI if your a PROD
martin in belfast wrote (444 days ago):
Only 6? what about the hundreds of others? Hopefully the abundance of CCTV cameras in the city will provide more footage of these work-shy louts for the courts to review.
Really in Belfast wrote (445 days ago):
Whats the point in commenting when utv dont print them? Please dont print this as its a bit pointless.
s in Belfast wrote (445 days ago):
I live in Belfast and in my own opinion its the politicians faults that people are rioting and younge people are being arrested. the politicians dont do anything for our community, they should be finding ways to bring nationalities together instead of allowing protests, roits and hate crime happening. At the end off the day there is so many younge children watching this and joining in who dont understand it and are being hurt!
Dee in Belfast wrote (445 days ago):
Its interesting to see the loyalist reaction to not getting their own way all the time anymore!! Equal rights, love and peace
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