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Orangeman accused of trying to kill police officer with sword refused bail

An Orangeman accused of trying to kill a police officer with a ceremonial sword during Twelfth of July disorder in north Belfast must remain in custody, a High Court judge ruled today.

Mark Blaney was refused bail amid continuing tensions in the area where the alleged attack was carried out.

The 30-year-old, of Alliance Close in the city, is charged with attempting to murder a PSNI officer, possession of an offensive weapon, and riotous behaviour in the Woodvale Road area.

He was arrested by police investigating serious violence surrounding the ban on an Orange Order parade through the nationalist Ardoyne area.

Police came under sustained attack as they enforced the marching prohibition on July 12.

Photographs of the incident shown in court allegedly depict Blaney wearing a sash and wielding the ceremonial sword.

He has emphatically denied intending to harm or kill anyone.

But a prosecution barrister opposed his bid to be released on bail due to the risk of re-offending.

Mr Justice Stephens was told police believe tensions remain high in the area, with ongoing protests being staged at Twaddell Avenue.

Bail was refused due to the risk of any further offences being committed.

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