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Tuesday 28 April 2015

Parents of Twelfth rioters could face prosecution

Angry confrontation between a local woman and masked youths at  Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between a local woman and masked youths at Ardoyne shops on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths set fire to a Union flag and a loyalist UVF flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Angry confrontation between Sinn Fein's Bobby Storey and a masked youth at Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on a fourth consecutive night of rioting July 2010
Masked youths with an Irish tricolour flag at Brompton Park in Ardoyne on a fourth consecutive night of rioting in the area July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast July 2010
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Disturbances in Ardoyne as a fourth night of rioting took place in north Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
A PSNI water-cannon puts out a fire on the roof of a pub during last night's disturbances in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
A young boy stands with his face covered by a hoodiie in front of a burning hijacked car as police come under petrol bomb attack in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast July 2010
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Rioters shine a green laser light to try to blind police officers during disturbances in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast
Police come under petrol bomb attack during rioting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast
Presseye.com - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 13th July 2010. Picture by Jonathan Porter/Presseye.com - Belfast.The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm.
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Police in Belfast's North Queen Street last night after further trouble in the area
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
The clean-up operation begins yesterday after rioting in the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
Police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
A stolen car explodes as police clash with protesters in the Ardoyne Road area of north Belfast
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
PSNI footage of rioters attacking police in Ardoyne, North Belfast on the 12th of July
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
Riot aftermath in Ardoyne, North Belfast yesterday
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Trouble in Ardoyne following the Orange Order parade in the area
The scene in the Ardoyne interface area of Belfast as for a second night in a row police try to restore calm
Disturbances at Belfast's Ardoyne interface. July 12, 210
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A plastic bullet is fired (right side of the photo) as police clash with youths before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
The scene at the Ardoyne interface as the Orange Order march through the area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
A police officer is brought to hosiptal after being injured during rioting at ARdoyne in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange Order parade passes through the flashpoint area
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with police following an Orange Order march past Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as police remove protesters blocking the road ahead of an Orange Order march
The scene at the Ardoyne interface in north Belfast as an Orange parade passes through the flashpoint area
Nationalist youths stage a rooftop protest as an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in North Belfast
Police accompany the parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Disturbances in Belfast's Ardoyne interface area July 12 2010
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before an Orange Order parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Police accompany the Orange Order parade past the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
A police officer is injured after she was struck by a concrete block pushed from the roof of a building as youths clashed with riot police after an Orange Order parade passed the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Nationalist youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops in north Belfast
Youths clash with riot police before a loyalist band parade passes the Ardoyne shops
Police have fired a number of baton rounds after being attacked with petrol bombs by rioters in north Belfast
A PSNI landrover is attacked in Ardoyne, north Belfast
Police and nationalist protesters after an Orange Order march in north Belfast
Annual 12th July Orange Order parades take place across Northern Ireland to mark The Battle of the Boyne in 1690. Local residents at Ardoyne in north Belfast hold a peaceful protest as local lodges make their way past the Ardoyne shops to the main parade. The feeder parade makes it's way down the Crumlin Road and past the Ardoyne shops with nationalist residents holding a protest.
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Ardoyne, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal
The Twelfth 2010. Sandy Row, Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast
The Twelfth 2010. East Belfast

Parents of children involved in fierce rioting in Belfast this week could get a knock on the door from Social Services despite police admitting they have no powers to crack down on families who allow youngsters to attack officers.

Children as young as nine and 10 were identified as having thrown missiles including bottles, bricks and petrol bombs at police during sustained clashes over four days across the city.

The disturbances lasted late into the night and early morning — well past the bedtimes of some of the children seen fighting on the streets at to all hours in scenes reminiscent of a war zone.

Water cannons and plastic bullets had to be deployed as violence escalated.

Shots were fired at police from the Ardoyne shops, from where a piece of concrete was also dropped on a female police officer, seriously injuring her.

Witnesses on the ground in the area over the four days of trouble, which broke out on Sunday, say that one young boy throwing stones was accompanied by his grandfather and another child was told by his mother “not to get arrested” if he stayed out late.

But with calls growing for parents of tearaways to be punished, it has emerged that there is little the PSNI can do.

While no legislation exists to prosecute parents for their child’s criminal behaviour in Northern Ireland, Social Services have said that they will intervene if young people are involved in “risky or criminal behaviour”.

A police spokeswoman said that in coming days police will be working to identify all of those involved in this rioting, arresting them and, where appropriate, bringing them before the courts.

The spokeswoman said it was too early to speculate on how police will treat the parents of any children identified as having taken part.

“This is a criminal investigation rather than a welfare investigation, which comes under the remit of Social Services,” she said.

“We are still working to identify and arrest those responsible for the rioting and cannot at this stage comment on what, if any action, can be taken against parents — however there is no legislation here to prosecute parents for their children’s criminal activity.”

She continued: “We are aware that some elements have been encouraging the disgraceful scenes we have witnessed and have been using young children to attack police and undermine community relations.

“Anyone engaged in this disorder will be investigated and runs the very real risk of being arrested, prosecuted and ending up with criminal records.

“We will liaise closely with other agencies including Social Services and juvenile justice organisations to ensure that the appropriate action is taken in relation to any young person found to be guilty of a criminal offence. Bear in mind the fact that the age of criminal responsibility is 10 years old, those children who are identified as committing offences could face a very bleak future.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public safety said the agency would intervene if necessary.

“Arrangements are in place for the police to refer to Social Services any young person identified as being engaged in risky or criminal behaviour.

“Social Services can intervene to protect children at risk and will work with parents to support parents in their role as the main carers for their children.”

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