30/03/2016

Man Charged Following Disturbance In Belfast

A 26-year-old man has been charged following a disturbance on the Ormeau Road in Belfast.

Two police officers were injured and a PSNI motorbike was damaged.

The trouble started after a parade was coming back from a Junior Orange demonstration in Carrickfergus.

The man was charged with two counts of assault on police and one count of disorderly behaviour.



He is to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on Tuesday 26 April.

SDLP South Belfast MLA Claire Hanna said: "I have spoken to senior PSNI officers after being contacted about an incident on the Ormeau Road this evening relating to a marching band from Carrickfergus.
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"Police will be reviewing CCTV from various sources to corroborate officer report and I understand that they have given a full report to the Police Ombudsman.

"There has been substantial amount of comment about the incident on social media, including by political representatives. Unless people were actually witness to the events they should be very circumspect about their comments. The wires of policing and politics should not cross and it is inappropriate for representatives to use this incident to escalate tensions before the full facts are known.

"Ormeau is an exceptionally diverse and well integrated area and it is vital that any tensions are reduced ahead of the marching season."

(CD)

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