Northern Ireland

Youth on west Belfast riot charge bailed

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A teenager who allegedly threw bricks, bottles and petrol bombs at police during riots in west Belfast last week has been released on bail.

The 16-year-old is charged with rioting on the Springfield Road and attempting to cause criminal damage to a police car last Thursday.

He is also charged with an assault on 11 December.

The defendant, who cannot be named because of his age, was ordered to stay at his sister's address.

It is understood the riot charge relates to a police patrol coming under attack from a gang of up to eight youths who threw bricks, bottles and petrol bombs.

Applying for bail, a defence solicitor said his client was due to be godfather at a christening on Sunday.