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Man 'used walking stick to hit police'

BY ALAN ERWIN

A man in his 60s tried to attack police with his walking stick close to a loyalist protest site in north Belfast, the High Court has heard.

Matthew Hugh Gordon also made repeated attempts to block officers from filming crowds gathered near the contentious Orange Order parade route past Ardoyne.

The 62-year-old, of Carrs Glen Park in the city, is accused of riotous behaviour, three counts of assault on police and two further charges of obstructing police.

He was granted bail but banned from going within 500 metres of any parade, protest or demonstration.

Gordon is alleged to have committed the offences around Twaddell Avenue on three separate dates. He was arrested at home after the most recent incident occurred last Monday.

Police were in the area – where a protest camp has been set up since Orangemen were banned from completing their Twelfth of July march – to move a crowd back from an ambulance depot.

Granting bail, Mr Justice Horner took in to account the accused's age, ill-health and a reference from his pastor.

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