Northern Ireland

Galliagh, Derry, riot accused 'cannot go home'

Bonfire
Image caption There were three nights of rioting in the Galliagh estate

A judge has refused to allow a Londonderry man accused of rioting to return to live at his home which is close to the scene of the disturbances.

Seamus Bradley, 43, from Moss Park, is charged with riotous behaviour, assaulting and resisting police and attempted criminal damage.

Mr Justice Weir said he had seen TV reports of several nights of trouble in the Galliagh area of the city.

He said it was clear that residents had had enough.

He said that 43 year old would "'not be a hero in the area and his face would not be appearing in any murals".

Te judge added: "You're a bit long in tooth for this sort of thing. You'd think you would have learnt a bit more sense by now."

A prosecution lawyer said police had been called to the Glengalliagh area in the early hours of last Friday to deal with reports of ongoing disturbances.

He said a crowd of between 40 and 50 people were throwing missiles at police and that the trouble, which went on for three consecutive nights, had stemmed from attempts to build a bonfire as part of an anti-internment demonstration.

The lawyer said Mr Bradley had been identified as a man who twice threw objects at police and after he was arrested he punched out at PSNI officers.

Mr Bradley told police he had been drinking and did not remember if he had done anything.

Police objected to bail saying tensions were still high in the area.

The judge said he would consider granting the accused bail if he could provide another address in the city.

He adjourned the hearing until Friday.

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