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Jail for thug Paul Drake who attacked police during Belfast riot

By Ashleigh McDonald

A Belfast man who threw stepladders at police during a riot in the north of the city has been sent to prison.

Paul Drake, from Argyle Street, was sentenced to three years and one month, half of which will be spent in jail and the rest on licence.

Belfast Crown Court heard the 28-year-old also bared his buttocks to police twice during disturbances on July 13, 2015 at a north Belfast parades flashpoint.

Drake had tried but failed to hide his identify by changing his clothes.

A prosecutor told the court that Drake was captured on police CCTV throwing scores of missiles at officers. Some of the items he threw included a traffic cone, a ladder, four bottles, 16 bricks and an iron bar.

Judge Smyth said: "Your behaviour was shocking and disgraceful and it could have caused serious injury to police officers."

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