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Two men have been charged following disturbances in Carrickfergus on Friday night

PSNI officers in riot gear dealt with an incident in the Castlemara estate in Carrickfergus on Friday night Image copyright Kevin Scott / Presseye
Image caption PSNI officers in riot gear dealt with an incident in the Castlemara estate in Carrickfergus on Friday night

Two men have been charged following disturbances in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, on Friday night.

A 36-year-old man has been charged with causing a dangerous article to be on a road.

Another man, 46, has been charged with riotous behaviour. Both are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court 28 July.

A crossbow was among items seized after the PSNI dispersed what they described as "a large crowd of men".

"Weapons"

A police spokesperson said: "Reports suggested some of the males were masked and may have been armed with weapons such as hammers.

"Officers attended and dispersed the crowd seizing a number of items including a crossbow."

Pictures from the Castlemara estate show a burning bonfire and police officers removing tyres and pallets from the road.

At least one fire appliance was in attendance.

Image copyright Kevin Scott / Presseye
Image caption PSNI officers remove tyres and pallets from a road in Carrickfergus

The DUP MLA for the area, Gordon Lyons, said: "People in Carrickfergus are very disappointed at the disturbances that look place last night.

"It's not what we want to see in 2016."

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