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Accused (20) ringleader of rioting kids who attacked PSNI officers, court is told

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A man allegedly "whipped up" a crowd of children into attacking police in Londonderry with masonry and bottles, the High Court has heard

By Alan Erwin

A man allegedly "whipped up" a crowd of children into attacking police in Londonderry with masonry and bottles, the High Court has heard.

Prosecutors claimed Emmet McSheffrey (20) was the ringleader among rioters aged as young as 12 who pelted a mobile patrol in the city's Creggan estate last month.

McSheffrey, of Oakland Park in Derry, faces charges of riotous behaviour, attempted criminal damage to a PSNI Land Rover and encouraging or assisting others to riot.

Police came under attack as they carried out an operation in the Iniscairn Road area on the afternoon of June 27.

A Crown lawyer said around 30 youths launched a sustained barrage, throwing masonry, bricks, stones and glass bottles.

He claimed McSheffrey was at the centre of the disturbances, his face unmasked, and has been identified by three officers.

"Police described him as whipping up the children and encouraging them in this attack," counsel said.

McSheffrey allegedly ran towards police himself, repeatedly hurling missiles at the Land Rovers.

McSheffrey's defence counsel said he "does not accept his purported identification by police".

Denying bail, Mr Justice McAlinden indicated it would send out the wrong message to release an alleged rioter, particularly at this time of year.

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