East Belfast: 13-year-old arrested over rioting


A 13-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of riotous behaviour following disturbances in east Belfast.

The teenager was arrested after a seven-year-old boy was struck by a stone, leaving him with bruising to his arm.

The incident happned in the Bryson Street area of East Belfast on Friday June 19 around 10pm.

Temporary Superintendent Bobby Singleton said, “Officers attended the scene following reports of two rival factions in the area at around 10pm on Friday night.”

He said police kept the factions apart and the area was described as quiet by 00.45am on Saturday.

The 13-year-old has since been released on bail pending further inquiries.

“CCTV footage of this incident will be reviewed to determine if any further offences have been committed and I would ask that anyone who has any information to assist police with their enquiries to contact officers in Strandtown on 101.

“We’re concerned not only about the safety of young people in the area but also the potential for them to get caught up in incidents which could have a serious impact on their futures,” he added.