Northern Ireland

Youth in court on riot charges connected to Ardoyne

A 16-year-old accused of rioting in Belfast on 12 July has been banned from going near any parades.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, was also banned from having masks or gloves in public.

He faces charges of riotous assembly, possessing an offensive weapon, namely a green laser pen, and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to a police officer.

The charges relate to violence in the Ardoyne in the north of the city.

The teenager was released on bail after appearing before Belfast Magistrates Court.

District Judge Fiona Bagnall granted a series of conditions sought by police.

The accused was barred from going within 500 metres of any parade or procession.

He was also forbidden from being within half a mile of the Ardoyne shop fronts and told he cannot be with more than three people in public.

Electronic tagging and a night-time curfew were also imposed on the youth.

He is due to appear again in court next month.

Meanwhile, a 50-year-old woman has appeared in court charged with involvement in rioting in east Belfast in June.

Jane Barnes, of Bloomfield Drive, is accused of riotous assembly and assisting offenders.

She was released on bail to appear again in September and curfewed and banned from three interface areas in east Belfast.