Northern Ireland

Six men face Belfast and Rathcoole riot charges

Six men have appeared in court in Belfast on riot charges.

Martin Edgeworth, 41, Linfield Avenue, Belfast, was accused of attacking a police Land Rover with part of a chair at Shaftesbury Square on Friday.

Mark Nicholl, Christopher Thompson, Alan Joseph Paul Heaney, all 19, David Crooks, 18, James Colgan, 22, are accused of rioting at Rathcoole, Newtownabbey, on Saturday night.

All were released on £500 bail and a 20:00 GMT to 07:00 GMT curfew was set.

Mrs Fiona Bagnall said if tensions eased she would look at relaxing the curfews.

They were also told by the judge, Mrs Fiona Bagnall, to not come within 500 metres of any parade or protest.

The five accused of rioting in Rathcoole all had addresses in the area.

All six men are listed to appear in court again in the New Year.

A riot charge against another 19-year-old man was withdrawn due to a lack of evidence linking him to trouble near Rathcoole.

It emerged that his legal team had also brought emergency High Court proceedings on Sunday to challenge the case being made against him.

Meanwhile, a 13-year-old boy, three aged 14, a 15-year-old and another aged 16 have appeared before Belfast Youth Court on rioting charges.

They were all granted bail, but also banned from going near any future protests