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Belfast 'riot' teen is tagged and bailed

A 16-year-old boy with learning difficulties was a major contributor to rioting which erupted in east Belfast last month, a court has heard.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was picked out on CCTV footage from more than 100 people involved in sectarian violence at an interface on the lower Newtownards Road, police claimed.

He is alleged to have thrown and distributed missiles as well as attacking a police Land Rover during the clashes on June 21.

The suspect, who is charged with riotous assembly, was released on bail, but subjected to electronic tagging and banned from going within a mile of the scene of the trouble.

He will appear again in the youth court on July 20.

Belfast Telegraph