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Three arrested over Belfast parades disturbances

Seven PSNI officers were injured in clashes over contentious parade yesterday.

Police calling on a loyalist band to stop as it passed St Patrick's church in Belfast yesterday.
Police calling on a loyalist band to stop as it passed St Patrick's church in Belfast yesterday.
Image: Peter Morrison/AP/Press Association Images

Updated at 1.40pm

THREE PEOPLE HAVE been arrested in connection with a contentious loyalist parade in Belfast yesterday, including a young teenager.

Seven PSNI officers were injured in the clashes which erupted between police, loyalists and republicans after a loyalist band breached a Parades Commission determination against them marching past St Patrick’s Catholic church on Donegall Street.

Shortly after noon yesterday, a 13-year-old boy was arrested in the Donegall Street area on suspicion of riotous behaviour. He has since been released pending report to the Public Prosecution Service.

A 38-year-old man was arrested in the North Queen Street area at around 5.45pm on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and provocative conduct. He has been charged with both offences and is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

At around 6pm, a man, 18, was arrested in the Clifton Street area on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and assault on police. He has since been charged with both offences and is due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court next month.

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