Northern Ireland

Four face court on Belfast city centre riot charges

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Media captionThe trouble flared during protests against a republican parade through central Belfast on Friday

Four people have appeared in court charged in connection with disturbances in Belfast city centre on Friday night.

Officers came under sustained attack from protesters in Royal Avenue, as loyalists staged a demonstration against a republican parade.

Three of the accused - Jonathan McClean, 38, Simeon McCullough, 35, and 29-year-old Neil Rea - were released on bail.

The fourth, 19-year-old Jonathan Burton, was remanded in custody.

Mr Burton is charged with riotous assembly.

District judge Fiona Bagnell said she had remanded him in custody because "he has more deliberately involved himself in the trouble".

She said she would reconsider bail if he could provide another address other than Tennent Street where he currently lives.

Mr McClean, from Moyard Gardens in Greenisland, is charged with riotous assembly, resisting and obstructing police.

Mr McCullough, from Schomberg Drive in Belfast, was charged with riotous behaviour, resisting and obstructing police.

He denies the charges and was granted £500 bail on the condition he cannot be within 500 metres of any parade, demonstration or protest.

His solicitor told the court his intention was to be in a peaceful protest and that he has a clean criminal record.

Mr Rea, from Simon Street in Belfast, was charged with riotous behaviour and resisting and obstructing police.

The court was told he suffered from post-traumatic stress order. His solicitor said he had no intention of getting caught up in the trouble and he regrets getting involved.

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