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'Rioter' arrested boarding ferry

William Beck, 25, was charged with rioting on 2 September last year.

An alleged rioter who came home to visit his mother for Christmas was arrested as he boarded a ferry back to Scotland, a court has heard.

Saturday, 05 January 2013
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Appearing in the dock of Belfast Magistrates' Court, 25-year-old William Beck was charged with rioting on 2 September last year.

A police constable told the court he believed he could connect him to the charge and it was during an opposed bail application that solicitor Denis Maloney revealed how Beck, from California Close in Belfast, was arrested at the Stena Ferry terminal on Friday.

He claimed that immediately after the riot, Beck had been forced to leave Northern Ireland and had been in Scotland, but had come home to see his family over the Christmas period.

He was returning to Scotland when he was arrested.

Mr Maloney said that during police interviews Beck had identified himself as part of a crowd attacking police during serious rioting on Donegall Street in the aftermath of a Black Preceptory march past St Patrick's Church.

However, District Judge George Conner said he was concerned Beck would flee and remanded him into custody to appear again via videolink next Thursday.