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Man (22) charged by police investigating Belfast bonfire attacks on officers

Twenty-nine officers were injured during disorder at Distillery Street on August 8 after a republican bonfire was dismantled.

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Riot Police and contractors remove wood for a bonfire in the Distillery Street area of west Belfast on August 8th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Riot Police and contractors remove wood for a bonfire in the Distillery Street area of west Belfast on August 8th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Riot Police and contractors remove wood for a bonfire in the Distillery Street area of west Belfast on August 8th 2020 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

A 22-year-old man has been charged by detectives investigating attacks on police earlier this month in Belfast.

The man, who has been charged with rioting, is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court at the end of September.

As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

This week, police released images of those they want to speak to after disorder at Distillery Street in the city.

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Twenty-nine officers were injured during incidents on August 8 after a republican bonfire was dismantled.

They came under attack with petrol bombs, heavy masonry and vehicle parts. Injuries ranged from concussion to back, head and neck injuries.

Superintendent Melanie Jones said: “By releasing these images I am hopeful that either the individuals themselves will contact police directly or the wider community can help us identify them.”

Officers are examining videos circulating relating to the disorder.

She added: “We are committed to identifying those involved in this significant disorder and we will be relentless in our pursuit in bringing offenders before the courts.

“It is in everybody’s interest, as well as in the interest of justice, that those responsible are dealt with appropriately and I would urge anyone who may have any information to bring it forward to police at Musgrave police station.”

Belfast Telegraph