Northern Ireland

Alleged rioter granted bail despite police concerns

An alleged rioter has been released on bail despite police concerns he will reoffend.

Michael James Blainey, 23, from Glenalina Road, west Belfast, is charged with riotous behaviour during trouble in Belfast on 22 June.

It is alleged he was part of a crowd who threw missiles at police in the Broadway area.

The court was told police feared that with "heightened marching tensions" he might reoffend.

He is also charged with possessing cannabis.

A PSNI officer told Belfast Magistrates Court on Saturday that during police interviews, Mr Blainey admitted being part of the crowd hurling missiles at police in the Broadway area of Belfast, when he was shown CCTV footage of himself.

District Judge Ken Nixon granted bail, but imposed a curfew from 2200 BST to 0700 BST.

He also banned the 23-year-old from drinking alcohol or from going near the Donegal Road or Broadway areas.