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Youth charged over petrol bombing

A 16-year-old youth accused of hurling a petrol bomb at police in Belfast during violence on the Twelfth was remanded in custody yesterday.

The teenager stood outside the dock as the charges of riotous behaviour and seeking to attack police and their equipment were read out. He was remanded until July 19.

A PSNI officer said he believed he could connect the accused to the charge and that police were strenuously opposed to bail given the nature of the offences and the current climate of unrest.

A defence solicitor said his client had become involved in the trouble through excess alchol and the fact it broke out “on his doorstep” and suggested an alternate address for him to be released to.

Magistrate Fiona Bagnall said according to the charges, the accused was at the centre of the rioting, as he had used a petrol bomb, and she was not prepared to release him despite his young age.

She said she would look at the matter again next Monday, when hopefully the violence would have died down.

A second person accused, Gary Kelly (20), is from the Ormeau area.

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Supporters in the public gallery whistled and shouted before being quietened by security personnel.

Wearing a blue T-shirt with a logo and black jeans, Kelly spoke only to acknowledge the charge of riotous behaviour.

A police constable told the court he believed he could connect the accused to the charges. He was remanded into custody until July 22.

Two men aged 27 and 35 are still being questioned at Antrim Custody Suite about the shooting of three police in North Queen Street in Belfast overnight on July 11.

On Wednesday, a 15-year-old girl was arrested after a search of a house in Rutland Street off the Ormeau Rd.

She was freed pending reports to the PPS.

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