Two arrested hours before Co Antrim fair

Two people arrested by police as trouble flared in Ballycastle prior to today's opening of the Auld Lammas Fair have been charged.

The duo were charged with disorderly behaviour, assaulting police and resisting arrrest. One of the men was further charged with possession of a class C drug.

Police used CS spray as violence erupted just hours before the beginning of one of Ireland's oldest traditional country fairs. The incident has been referred to the Police Ombudsman.

A group of around 50 people threw missiles at police during disturbances in the North Street area of the town on Monday, shortly before the start of the annual Bank Holiday fair in the town.

Tens of thousands of visitors are expected descend on the town for the 400-year-old fair with police reminding motorists that the town centre will be closed to traffic from 8am until 10pm on Monday and Tuesday with diversions in place.


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