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Riot accused barred from entering part of north Belfast

By Alan Erwin

Published 18/08/2015

The accused was released on bail.
The accused was released on bail.

An alleged rioter must not enter the north Belfast district scarred by last month's street violence, a judge has ordered.

Ryan Samuel Elwood, 24, appeared before the Belfast Magistrates' Court accused of involvement in disorder surrounding a controversial Orange Order parade.

Eleven police officers were injured as trouble flared at the sectarian interface in Ardoyne on July 13.

The PSNI came under attack as it enforced a Parades Commission prohibition on Orangemen passing a stretch of the Crumlin Road separating nationalist and unionist communities.

Elwood, of Berlin Street in Belfast, faces charges of riotous assembly and possession of cannabis.

No details of his alleged role in the violence were disclosed during the hearing.

Although police had been opposing bail, the court heard the accused can stay at an address outside the city.

Granting his release from custody, District Judge Fiona Bagnall banned him from entering the Woodvale Road or Twaddell Avenue areas.

She also imposed a night-time curfew, electronic monitoring and barred him from drinking alcohol.

Elwood was further ordered not to go within 500 metres of any parades, protests or demonstrations.

He is due back in court at the end of next month, when police are to have prepared a full file in the case.

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