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Boy (12) charged with riotous behaviour after petrol bombs thrown at police during Derry disorder

Army technical officers at the scene of the alert on Moss Road in Londonderry. Credit: Leona O'Neill
Army technical officers at the scene of the alert on Moss Road in Londonderry. Credit: Leona O'Neill

A 12-year-old boy has been charged with riotous behaviour after disorder in Londonderry that saw petrol bombs being thrown at police officers.

Police were called to the Moss Park area of the city at around 7pm on Thursday after reports of a suspicious device in the vicinity of St Paul's Primary School, which was being used as a polling station.

When officers attended the scene they came under attack with five petrol bombs being thrown at them.

Three males, a 12-year-old boy and two 16-year-olds, were arrested.

The security alert was later declared an elaborate hoax after a controlled explosion was carried out by Army Technical Officers.

On Friday police charged the 12-year-old with possessing an article with intent to damage property and riotous behaviour.

He is due to appear at Londonderry Magistrates Court on Tuesday June 18.

The two 16-year-olds arrested in connection with the disorder have been released on bail pending further police enquiries.

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