Northern Ireland

Man accused of having a gun at east Belfast riot

A 38-year-old man has appeared in court charged with having a gun.

He was arrested during rioting in east Belfast on 5 December, following a union flag protest.

Thomas Finlay from Cuba Walk faced two other charges including riotous behaviour and failing to remove a disguise when asked to do so by a police officer.

The court was told that the firearm was a blank firing pistol but that further tests are being carried out.

There was no bail application and the accused was remanded in custody until next month.