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Twelfth of July rioters 'risked lives of the police'

BY ALAN ERWIN

Twelfth of July rioters risked the lives of hundreds of police, a High Court judge has said.

Mr Justice McCloskey stressed that officers drafted in from other forces could have been exposed to injury or death.

His assessment came after being told how a man travelled from his Co Down home to allegedly spend days at the scene of disorder surrounding a Orange Order parade in north Belfast.

Gary Hindes (23), of Magheraconluce Road, Hillsborough, faces a charge of riot in the Woodvale Road area on July 12.

A prosecution barrister said Hindes was in a crowd attacking police officers enforcing a ban on Orangemen parading through the Ardoyne area on the Twelfth.

Defence counsel Jonathan Connolly said his client admitted his actions on being shown footage.

His bail application was adjourned until tomorrow for an update to be given on prosecution of the case.

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