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14 year old boy charged over 12th of July riots in Belfast

Young teenager will appear before Belfast Magistrates Court this morning.

Protesters clash with police in Ardoyne following an Orange Order parade in North Belfast on July 12, 2012.
Protesters clash with police in Ardoyne following an Orange Order parade in North Belfast on July 12, 2012.
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A-14-YEAR-old boy has been charged with riotous assembly, says the Police Service of Northern Ireland.

He is expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court this morning, Friday 10th August.

It is believed the charge is in connection with disorder in the Ardoyne area of Belfast on 12th July. Four police officers were injured during significant disorder on the day, following an Orange Order parade in North Belfast.

Riotous or disorderly behaviour is an offence under Article 18 of the Public Order (Northern Ireland) Order 1987. The maximum sentence under the provision is 12 months.

In a separate incident, two teenagers and one male will appear before Lisburn Magistrates Court this morning in connection with disturbances in the Stewartstown Road area of West Belfast on the night of Wednesday 8th August.

The trouble started as crowds gathered to mark the anniversary of internment in 1971. Four vehicles were burnt and petrol bombs thrown at a police landrover.

Two 17 year old boys and a 20-year-old man have been charged with riotous behaviour and several other charges, including criminal damage and resisting police.

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