Seven Arrested At Apprentice Boys Parade

Seven people, including a 12-year-old boy, were arrested after trouble erupted following the Apprentice Boys Parade in Carrickfergus on Easter Monday.

The trouble broke out close to Carrickfergus Castle and according to police "upwards of 150 people" were involved in public disorder during which a policewoman was punched.

The 12-year-old boy was arrested for his involvement in disorderly behavior at Albert Road in the town.

Meanwhile it is reported that two men, aged 17 and 18, are due to appear in court next month charged with disorderly behavior and another 18-year-old man has been charged with assault on police.

It is understood that the event had been well organised and passed off peacefully but a crowd had gathered in the town and the trouble started when the parade was over.

The DUP's David Hilditch, who is a member of the Apprentice Boys, said the disorder had "absolutely nothing to do with the parade itself".


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