Officers charge 17-year-old after public disorder in city

Lough Ree Lifeboat searching for missing Armagh angler Daryl Burke.
Lough Ree Lifeboat searching for missing Armagh angler Daryl Burke.

A teenager has been arrested and charged with offences related to public disorder in east Belfast on Sunday night.

The 17-year-old was detained on suspicion of attempted criminal damage after fireworks were thrown in the Castlereagh Street area.

There were a number of other incidents in the area, including two petrol bombs thrown at police on the Beersbridge Road, and clashes between rival factions.

A police spokesman said the petrol bombs were thrown shortly after 10.25pm following a report that a number of bins had been set alight at the junction of Castlereagh Street and Templemore Avenue.

The spokesman said no one was injured.

The arrested youth was subsequently charged to appear at Belfast Youth Court on September 19.

In one incident windows of a house on the Albertbridge Road were smashed with snooker and golf balls.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact Musgrave station on the non emergency 101 number.

A PSNI inspector said: “Police officers are committed to keeping people safe and a small minority of individuals showed a complete disregard for their area and the community who live there, by attacking police last night (Sunday).”

The inspector added: “Thankfully no one was injured and, despite this incident, police will continue to provide the dedicated service to the local community.”