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Two in court over city centre riot

Two people are to appear before magistrates after a demonstration in a city centre turned violent.

Stephen Carroll, 32, from Bristol, is charged with assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty and with criminal damage.

A 17-year-old boy, also from Bristol, has been charged with violent disorder and theft, while another Bristol man was cautioned for common assault.

Carroll and the teenager will appear at Bristol Magistrates Court.

The charges come after disturbances broke out early on Friday morning, just six days after a riot in the same area of Bristol.

A further 13 men and two women remain in police custody, while 12 men have been released on police bail pending further inquiries, police said.

The incident saw running skirmishes spill out from the Stokes Croft area towards the Cabot Circus shopping centre.

Police said around 400 people were involved and saw rioters breaking down walls and removing roof tiles to use as missiles. They also lit fires, set up barricades in the road and daubed graffiti throughout the area.

Avon and Somerset Police said several officers suffered head, neck, back and leg injuries, and required hospital treatment after being pelted with bottles, rocks and other missiles.

Last week's disturbances in Stokes Croft saw a branch of Tesco Metro, which has been subject of a campaign to prevent its recent opening, attacked. The retail giant condemned the trouble and said yesterday's violence showed it was "not an anti-Tesco protest". A spokesman said: "It is very sad that a number of individuals have once again turned against the police and the local community."


From Belfast Telegraph