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Twelfth rioter attacked police 'for a bit of fun'

BY IVAN LITTLE

A 27-year-old Belfast man charged with rioting and attacking police on the Woodvale Road on the Twelfth told detectives he joined in because he "felt it was a bit of fun".

Andrew Lundy, from Ross House in the Mount Vernon estate, appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday accused of riotous assembly and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to police officers who had stopped an Orange Order parade passing the Ardoyne area.

A prosecution lawyer said that Lundy was seen climbing on top of a Land Rover and hitting out at police shields and throwing boulders and masonry at PSNI lines.

A police witness said up to 5,000 people were on the Woodvale Road in north Belfast and there was a heavy and sustained attack on police.

She said Lundy had been identified from CCTV footage. After he was arrested, Lundy admitted he took part in the attacks, adding that it "felt like a bit of fun and that others were doing it".

Refusing bail, District Judge Austin Kennedy said: "The defendant said it was a bit of a laugh but the lives of police officers were put at risk."

He remanded Lundy in custody until August 22.

At the same court, a 16-year-old youth wept uncontrollably as he appeared on a riotous assembly charge.

The teenager, who can't be named for legal reasons, was said to have been seen throwing missiles at police on the Woodvale Road on July 12.

He was remanded in custody to appear at a youth court on Monday.

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