Northern Ireland

Two men face 12 July riot charges in north Belfast

Two men from Belfast have appeared in court in connection with rioting in the north of the city.

Christopher McDonald, 23, from Wyndham Street was charged with riotous assembly in the Ardoyne area on 12 July.

Neil Montgomery, 20, from Elimgrove Street, was charged with riotous assembly in the Oldpark area on the same date.

At Belfast Magistrates Court, both men were remanded in custody.

Objecting to bail, a police officer told the court on Thursday that Mr McDonald had thrown a stone at police officers and shone a laser pen at police lines.

He also said that during the disturbances Mr McDonald returned home and changed his clothes and also tried to conceal his identity by putting a scarf across his face.