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Boy (13) held over rioting after Belfast child is hit by stone

By Staff Reporter

Published 22/06/2015

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested by police in east Belfast for rioting after a child aged seven was struck by a stone
A 13-year-old boy has been arrested by police in east Belfast for rioting after a child aged seven was struck by a stone

A 13-year-old boy has been arrested by police in east Belfast for rioting after a child aged seven was struck by a stone.

The teenager was detained on suspicion of riotous behaviour following disturbances in the Bryson Street area on Friday night.

Temporary Superintendent Bobby Singleton said: "Officers attended the scene following reports of two rival factions in the area at around 10pm on Friday night.

"The 13-year-old boy was arrested after a seven-year-old boy was struck by a stone, leaving him with bruising to his arm.

"Police kept the factions apart and the area was described as quiet by 12.45am on Saturday." The arrested boy has since been released on bail.

Mr Singleton said: "CCTV footage of this incident will be reviewed to determine if any further offences have been committed and I would ask that anyone who has any information to assist police with their inquiries to contact officers in Strandtown on 101.

"We're concerned not only about the safety of young people but also the potential for them to get caught up in incidents which could have a serious impact on their futures."

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