Belfast Telegraph

Seven men in court on riotous behaviour charges

By Alan Erwin

Seven men have appeared in court following an outbreak of street violence in west Belfast.

Six of the suspects — all from the city — are accused of being involved in rioting.

The unrest erupted in the Broadway area of the city in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Mark Downey (34) of Ardmonagh Gardens, Paul Keenan (28) from New Barnsley Park, Martin Murray (18) and his 19-year-old brother Thomas, both of Cavendish Street, Shaun McCann (19) from Whiterock Gardens, and Gerard Reid (23) of Monagh Drive, all face charges of riotous assembly.

Reid is also accused of disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting arrest.

Keenan faces a count of disorderly behaviour.

A seventh suspect, Martin Burns (21) of Irwell Court, Belfast, is charged with disorderly behaviour, assault on police and resisting police.

Martin and Thomas Murray, McCann and Burns were granted bail.

They will appear again later this month.

They were all placed under a curfew and banned from going to Londonderry amid police |concerns over a contentious|Apprentice Boys parade in the city on August 11.

Keenan and Reid were refused bail due to the risk of reoffending and remanded in custody for a week.

Downey, who who did not seek bail, was also remanded in custody.

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