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Men accused of rioting at Belfast loyalist flag protests will stand trial, judge rules

Two men are to stand trial accused of rioting during loyalist flag protests earlier this year, a judge ruled today.

Nicholas Reilly faces charges connected to street disorder in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim on January 30.

The 22-year-old, of Copeland Road in the town, is accused of riotous assembly, damaging a police cell van, and possession of an offensive weapon, namely a mallet.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard he is alleged to have thrown a concrete brick at a police inspector's head during trouble.

Also appearing at separate preliminary enquiry proceedings was Neil Nabney.

The 33-year-old, with an address at Enler Park Central, Dundonald, faces a single charge of riotous assembly in Belfast on January 5.

At the time violence flared on the streets over a decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag at City Hall.

Neither defendant gave evidence or called any witnesses during hearings to establish if they have a case to answer.

Deputy District Judge Bonita Boyd granted a prosecution application for both men to be returned for trials at Belfast Crown Court.

Each of them were released on continuing bail until those hearings get underway.

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