Northern Ireland

Eleventh night: Eight public order arrests

ACC Will Kerr
Image caption Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said he was pleased that the Eleventh Night was "one of the most peaceful in recent years"

Eight people have been arrested for public order offences following a number of disturbances in parts of north and west Belfast overnight.

Officers dealt with incidents in Lanark Way, Oldpark Road and the Springfield Road during the Eleventh Night - an annual marching season celebration.

Those detained were a 17-year-old youth and seven men aged between 22 and 34.

Six of them have been charged and two have been released.

However, officers said the Eleventh Night passed off "without major incident" and was "one of the most peaceful in recent years".

Those detained were held on suspicion of various offences, ranging from riotous behaviour and criminal damage to assault on police and possession of class B drugs.

A 22-year-old man arrested at Lanark Way in west Belfast has been charged with riot, criminal damage and attempted criminal damage.

Another man of the same age, who was also arrested at the scene, has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS).

Three people were detained following trouble on the Springfield Road in the west of the city.

Officers have charged two men aged 18 and 28 over the incident.

The teenager has been charged with riot and assault on police. The older man has been charged with riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage.

A 17-year-old youth who was also detained over the Springfield Road trouble has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

In north Belfast, three men aged 26, 33 and 34 were arrested after trouble in the Oldpark Road area.

The 26-year-old man has been charged with disorderly behaviour and possession of a class B controlled drug.

The 33-year-old and 34-year-old have both been charged with riotous behaviour and attempted criminal damage.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: "I am pleased that last night was one of the most peaceful in recent years and am encouraged by the responsible behaviour of the vast majority of people involved.

"I appreciate the efforts of all those involved in ensuring this was the case and I would continue to encourage everyone to work together to ensure that today passes off peacefully and that local communities are not disrupted with the violence witnessed in previous years."

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