Judge issues Fountain estate warning following trouble

A district judge has said that anyone who appeared in court, charged with an offence relating to an organised attack on the Fountain estate, would find it very difficult to get bail.

Barney McIlholm issued the warning at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

A 20-year-old man appeared in court charged with committing five public order offences.

There has been trouble in the city since the death of Margaret Thatcher.

Caolan Hayden, Tirconnell Street, is charged with disorderly behaviour, unlawful assembly, discharging a firework, and with assaulting and resisting a police officer.

Mr McIlHolm asked the investigating officer if the charges related to last weekend's attacks on the mainly Protestant Fountain estate.

After the officer said "no", and described the alleged offences as general disorder, the district judge then issued his warning in relation to the Fountain estate.

The defendant was released on bail until 23 May.

As part of his bail conditions he must reside with his uncle in Galliagh and he must not enter either the Brandywell or Bogside areas of the city.