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Chef facing charges of rioting is denied bail

By Alan Erwin

A chef accused of biting a police officer's leg and spitting at band supporters during trouble in east Belfast could lose his job, a court heard. James Davey was among six men appearing on charges connected with disorder following a Somme commemoration parade on Monday night.

The 21-year-old, from Clandeboye Gardens in the city, faces charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, provoking a breach of the peace, and resisting arrest.

Four officers suffered injuries at disturbances in the Castlereagh Street, Albertbridge Road and Mountpottinger Road areas.

Missiles were thrown from crowds gathered after the parade had passed off largely peacefully.

Also in the dock at Belfast Magistrates' Court were John Allen (20), from Spring Place, Belfast; David Clarke (28), of Campsie Park, Dundonald, and Craig-Lee Williamson (20) from Victor Place, Belfast. All three have been charged with riotous assembly.

Two other men, 19-year-old Sean Considine, of Chemical Street, Belfast, and Gareth David Wright (31), of Broadlands Gardens, Carrickfergus, face charges of disorderly behaviour and assault on police.

Bail was opposed for all six due to fears of possible involvement in marching season disturbances.

Davey’s lawyer pleaded: “This man will lose his job if he does not get bail.”

Refusing bail, the judge said: “There's going to be a broad brush approach taken to people charged with this type of behaviour.”

Davey was remanded in custody to appear again in two weeks’ time. Allen, Clarke and Williamson were similarly remanded in custody.

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