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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Special courts set up to deal with arrested Loyalist rioters

A petrol bomb hits riot police after being thrown by loyalist rioters in north Belfast on Saturday night.
A petrol bomb hits riot police after being thrown by loyalist rioters in north Belfast on Saturday night.

A 16-year-old boy, a riot 'spectator' and an "idiotic drunk" have all been refused bail after they appeared at a special court to face charges linked to loyalist rioting in Belfast.

They were among 35 people arrested after loyalist violence during two successive nights of disorder in the city.

Stormont's Justice Minister David Ford had warned rioters they would face a judge within hours of arrest.

Seven police officers were injured in Saturday night's clashes. Petrol bombs, bricks, bottles and other missiles were thrown at officers in the Woodvale area of the city, which witnessed serious disorder on Friday night.

The latest police casualties came after 32 officers were injured on Friday night and MP for North Belfast Nigel Dodds was hospitalised after being struck by a brick.

Around 35 arrests have been made since Friday, though police say that they expect to make many more after analysing video footage of the disorder.

Irish Independent

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