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Teenager charged over Ardoyne Twelfth rioting

By Victoria O'Hara

A teenager has been accused of being involved in some of the worst rioting to break out across Belfast during the Twelfth.

Patrick Anthony Quinn (18) stood in the dock of Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday and was charged with 10 offences — including throwing a petrol bomb.

It is also alleged Mr Quinn, from Rosehead in the Ligoneil area of the city, provocatively waved a Union flag during the violence between July 14 and 15.

He was also charged with assaulting two police officers, taking a car without consent, criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon — a hurling stick.

He faces further charges of riotous assembly and resisting police.

In court it was claimed that he waved the flag with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

After the charge of having a hurling stick in the Brompton Park area was read out, the defendant, dressed in a dark blue T-shirt and arms crossed, said: “It's not an offensive weapon, it's for sport.”

A PSNI officer told magistrate Fiona Bagnall he could connect the defendant with the charges.

No bail application was made and he was remanded in custody to appear via video link on August 13.

In a separate case, a 19-year-old was also charged with riotous behaviour on the Ormeau Road area of south Belfast on July 12.

Patrick Joseph Billy King, of Lavinia Square, Belfast, was granted bail by Ms Bagnall.

It was agreed he is to live with his grandfather in Co Down.

As part of his release conditions the teenager was banned from entering Belfast, drinking alcohol and was curfewed.

Meanwhile, Gerard McDonnell (22), of Upper Stanfield Street, Belfast, has been charged with five offences including riotous assembly, throwing a petrol bomb, attempting to damage a motor vehicle and having a golf club and balls for that purpose.

A police officer told the court they opposed bail being granted due to a concern of reoffending.

He was refused bail for the offences connected to an incident in the Stewart Street area on July 13.

And a 15-year-old youth has been ordered to appear at Belfast Youth Court later this month.

While a 35-year-old man who was arrested by detectives investigating a gun attack on police on July 12 has been released.

Three police officers were injured by a masked man who fired a shotgun during disturbances which took place in the North Queen Street area of the city.

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