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Riot thugs caged for Twelfth mayhem

Two loyalists have been jailed for a total of 17 months for throwing missiles at police during a serious riot in north Belfast last year.

Bandsman Harry McFarland, of Iniscairn Drive, Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, pleaded guilty to rioting on the Woodvale Road on the Twelfth of July.

McFarland was sentenced to 10 months in custody.

However Deputy Belfast Recorder Corinne Philpot later reduced this to eight months saying she had not given "sufficient weight'' to McFarland's two decades of voluntary work in the community.

In the same court self-confessed cocaine addict Roy Hindes (29), of Mayo Street in Belfast, was also jailed for his involvement in the serious public disorder.

The court heard Hindes was present at the riot from 6.30pm to 8.45pm and was picked up on police CCTV throwing three missiles at police – a plastic bottle, a tin can and a glass bottle.

Sentencing Hindes to 18 months in prison, Judge Philpott said: "You have been involved in rioting since you were 15 to 16."

Belfast Telegraph