Northern Ireland

Belfast rioters' legal aid cost £34,000

Man standing on police vehicle
Image caption Rioting broke out in north Belfast over the 12 July period in 2010

The cost of legal aid for people prosecuted for rioting in Belfast in July 2010 has topped £34,000.

Twenty-six men were charged with rioting and related offences during serious disturbances in north Belfast.

All were granted legal aid and all pleaded guilty. The bill could rise when other claims are processed.

The information was released by Justice Minister David Ford in reply to a question by Lord Morrow in the Assembly.