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Prison for east Belfast rioter who handed himself in

By Ashleigh McDonald

A 20-year-old man who handed himself into police after images of rioters in east Belfast were released to the media has been sentenced to eight months in jail.

James Clarke, a father of one from Mersey Street, pleaded guilty to rioting on the Newtownards Road on July 12 last year.

Crown prosecutor Amanda Brady told Judge Corinne Philpott at Belfast Crown Court that during the serious disorder, police officers were attacked with bricks, bottles and other missiles, and the use of water cannon was authorised. Several officers were injured during the riot, which lasted for around 12 hours.

Officers at the scene gathered evidence and Clarke was captured on police CCTV rioting for around 12 minutes, during which time he threw at least three missiles at police lines. He was also observed lifting a wheelie bin and throwing it at officers.

Mrs Brady said that police subsequently released images to the media of people believed to be involved in the riot.

When Clarke realised he was one of the people whose image was released, he handed himself in.

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