Police monitoring of social networking sites offers no sign of an end to loyalist street violence, the High Court heard yesterday.
A judge was told more trouble is likely following another outbreak of serious disorder in Belfast and towns across Northern Ireland.
Mr Justice Maguire received the assessment before he decided to grant bail to a youth accused of throwing masonry at police.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified, denies a charge of riotous assembly at Glenmachan Street in Belfast on December 10.
Prosecution barrister Conor Maguire told the court: “Police are of the view from accessing social media sites that there is no indication of a cessation to the protests.
“Police have concerns that there is a likelihood of violence as a result of that, especially given the nature of last night's (Monday’s) violence.”