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Teenager charged by police after being found with a flare at a football match

Published 13/03/2016

Glentoran fans arrive for 'the Big Two' Danske Bank Premiership match against Linfield under tighten security at Windsor Park.
Picture by Presseye
Glentoran fans arrive for 'the Big Two' Danske Bank Premiership match against Linfield under tighten security at Windsor Park. Picture by Presseye
Linfield fans arrive for 'the Big Two' Danske Bank Premiership match against Glentoran under tighten security at Windsor Park. Picture by Presseye

The 17-year-old boy was arrested at Windsor Park after the Linfield clash with Glentoran

He is due to appear at Belfast Youth Court on Wednesday 6 April.

As is normal procedure, all charges are reviewed by the PPS.

A 19-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of the same offence, however he was released unconditionally on Saturday evening.

No further details have been released about the incident with the flare.

The PSNI appear to have been expected trouble at the game. In a statement issued to the media on Friday, police said they were aware there may be some people travelling to a game in Belfast "with the intention of causing trouble".

Chief Inspector Norman Haslett said: "Police are aware that there may be individuals intending to travel to a football match in Belfast on Saturday 12 March 2016 with the intention of causing trouble.

"Police will work in support of partner agencies to ensure that the match passes off peacefully.

"We want to reassure genuine football supporters and remind any potential troublemakers of the consequences of any criminal action."

Meanwhile Linfield won the Irish League match against their East Belfast rivals by 3-0.

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