Northern Ireland

Four men arrested over Ballyclare trouble in July

Car on fire
Image caption Hijacked cars were used to attack police lines during the trouble in Ballyclare

Four men have been arrested and a number of items have been seized following searches in Ballyclare, County Antrim.

The searches were in connection with serious disorder in the town on 9 and 10 July.

Six officers sustained whiplash when a hijacked bus was used to ram a police vehicle during the trouble.

Other cars were hijacked, set alight and used to attack police lines.

Police deployed water cannon and baton rounds were used after petrol bombs and missiles were thrown by loyalists.

They said a 26-year-old man had been arrested on Thursday on suspicion of attempted murder and a number of driving offences.

A 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rioting, going equipped to commit criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of riotous behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon for use in criminal damage.

A 55-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of riotous assembly, possession of an offensive weapon, and going equipped to commit criminal damage.

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