Northern Ireland

Boy, 13, in court on riot charge

A 13-year-old boy accused of taking part in rioting in north Belfast on 12 July must not go within 100 metres of the scene, a court has ordered.

The youth, who cannot be identified because of his age, is accused of throwing missiles at police during trouble in the Ardoyne area.

It is alleged that he travelled from his home outside the city to become involved in the disorder.

Twenty police officers were injured during the violence.

Trouble started after a contentious Orange Order parade and counter-demonstration by nationalist residents.


Officers came under attack from bottles, petrol bombs and other missiles. Shots were also fired at police lines.

The schoolboy faces a single count of riotous assembly.

He was charged last month but released on police bail to attend Belfast Youth Court.

During a brief hearing a police constable connected him to the charge and confirmed the conditions of his release.

The accused is not to be within 100 metres of the shop fronts at Ardoyne, the court heard.

He is also subject to a curfew from 7pm to 7am.

The judge granted continued bail on those terms, with the teenager due back in court on 24 September.

Meanwhile, a police spokeswoman confirmed that 27 people have now been charged with offences in connection with the 12 July rioting in Ardoyne.

A 28th person was arrested but released unconditionally.