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Belfast man accused of throwing petrol bomb at police remanded in custody

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PSNI officers on North Queen Street in Belfast (PA)

PSNI officers on North Queen Street in Belfast (PA)

PSNI officers on North Queen Street in Belfast (PA)

A man allegedly threw a petrol bomb and tried to inflict serious harm on police during rioting in Belfast, a court heard on Tuesday.

James Edwards (30) is charged in connection with disorder at North Queen Street last Friday night.

Violence flared in the area as part of a week of serious unrest across Northern Ireland.

Edwards, of North Queen Street, appeared before Belfast Magistrates' Court on charges of rioting and possessing a prohibited weapon - namely CS spray.

He faces further counts of attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to police with intent, and throwing a petrol bomb.

Allegations of possessing a Class C drug were also put to him.

A PSNI officer said he could connect him to the five charges.

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With no application for bail during the brief hearing, Edwards was remanded in custody for four weeks.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall ordered him to appear again by video-link on May 11.


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