Belfast Telegraph

Trio in court over Ballyclare riots

By Alan Erwin

Three men appeared in court yesterday accused of rioting after police took down loyalist flags in Ballyclare.

Ryan Charnley, David Gowdy and Ronald Cowan faced charges connected to the violence, which erupted last month.

Charnley (23), of Thornhill Drive, and Gowdy (21), from Charles Drive, were granted bail under restricted conditions.

But 55-year-old Cowan, of Thornhill Parade, was remanded in custody after a detective claimed he was one of three orchestrators of the trouble.

Hijacked cars were used in attacks on police during the clashes on July 9 and July 10.

In the aftermath, a senior officer apologised for the manner in which flags had been removed in the area.

The three suspects were all charged with riotous assembly following a series of raids on Thursday.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted Charnley bail but banned him from entering Ballyclare apart from to go to work.

He was ordered to live with a relative in east Belfast, curfewed, prohibited from taking alcohol and told not to wear any concealing clothing such as a scarf or balaclava.

The same conditions were imposed on Gowdy.

Bail was opposed for Cowan. All three accused will appear again in court next month.

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