Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Six men charged over Eleventh night trouble in west and north Belfast

Members of the public take photographs at a bonfire
Members of the public take photographs at a bonfire

Six men have been charged with public order offences over trouble across north and west Belfast amid the Eleventh night bonfires.

Police dealt with incidents in Lanark Way, Oldpark Road and the Springfield Road.

Those charged include:

- A 22-year-old man charged with riot, criminal damage and attempted criminal damage following a disturbance in the Lanark Way area. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Monday July 14.

- A 28-year-old man charged with riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage following a disturbance in the Springfield Road area. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday August 8.

- An 18-year-old man charged with riot and assault on police following a disturbance in the Springfield Road area. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday August 8.

- A 34-year-old man arrested in connection with a disturbance in the Oldpark Road area of North Belfast has been charged with riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrate's Court on Monday July 14.

- A 26-year-old man who was arrested in connection with a disturbance in the Oldpark Road area of North Belfast has been charged with disorderly behaviour and possession of a class B controlled drug. He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Friday August 8.

A 17-year-old has been released on police bail pending enquiries, a 22-year-old released pending a report to the PPS, and a 33-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

Commenting on the arrests, PSNI assistant chief constable Will Kerr said: "I am pleased that last night was one of the most peaceful in recent years and am encouraged by the responsible behaviour of the vast majority of people involved.

"I appreciate the efforts of all those involved in ensuring this was the case and I would continue to encourage everyone to work together to ensure that today passes off peacefully and that local communities are not disrupted with the violence witnessed in previous years."

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