Woman accused of having loaded gun in Ardoyne

Police continue to investigate riots.

A 49-YEAR-OLD WOMAN has appeared in court in Belfast on charges of possessing a loaded gun near last week’s riots in Ardoyne. Norma Elizabeth Crowder from Butler Walk was arrested by PSNI officers on Friday and charged yesterday.

Ms Crowder denied knowledge of the loaded gun and ammunition found under decking in her garden. She was granted bail on condition of being electronically tagged and surrendering her passport. Ms Crowder will appear in court again next month.

Police are continuing their investigations into the riots which injured over 80 of their officers.

The four-day riots kicked off on on the 12 July as annual Orange Order parades took place around the North. Ardoyne residents affected by the violence and vandalism of the riots held a demonstration on Thursday evening to show their disapproval of the rioting. Locals also called for further arrests to be made in connection with the riots.