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Ardoyne riots tally reaches 37

Nearly 40 suspects have now been charged in connection with Twelfth of July rioting in north Belfast, a court heard yesterday. (Tuesday).

The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) revealed the number so far to be formally accused over the trouble at Ardoyne as another two men appeared before the city's Magistrates Court.

Liam Daykin (18) of Hannahglen Heights in west Belfast, and Rory McConville (43) from Lake Street in Lurgan are both charged with riotous assembly.

They were each remanded on continuing bail to appear again along with 35 others next month.

Serious street disorder erupted in Ardoyne when a contentious Orange Order parade passed shopfronts in the area. A number of police officers were injured.

The rioting lasted for a number of days, and also spread to other parts of the city.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall pointed out that some of the accused have entered guilty pleas.

She said: “Rather than trying to manage a 35 co-defendant case can the PPS look at who can be dealt with quickly and what are the serious matters that will take longer.”

Belfast Telegraph