Statement following disorder Tuesday 12 July
13 Jul 2011
The Police Service has made a total of 26 arrests following disorder in a number areas across Northern Ireland on 12th July.
In North Belfast, 9 people (8 males and 1 female) were arrested following disorder in the Ardoyne area. 5 people (2 males and 3 juveniles) were arrested on suspicion of riotous behaviour in Stewart Street area of South Belfast (all remain in custody at this stage), and in Derry there were 12 arrests (11 males, 1 female) following the disorder that broke out there (2 remain in custody, 4 released on bail pending further inquiries and 6 released pending report).
At this stage it is understood that that 16 police officers were injured in disorder at Ardoyne and Stewart Street – mainly injuries to limbs and concussion – there are no life threatening injuries at this stage.
There were approximately 55 AEPs discharged in the Ardoyne area as part of a proportionate policing operation to protect the community and officers from significant and sustained disorder.
Assistant Chief Constable Alistair Finlay condemned the disorder which he said had been confined to very small pockets across Northern Ireland.
ACC Finlay said: "The vast area of Northern Ireland was extremely peaceful, yet for these few streets we get headlines of violence, of people injured, of communities and relationships being broken, and infrastructure and property damaged.
"What we saw was the release of built of energy, a group of young men engaging in thug like behaviour and they will be brought to justice. There will be a follow up operation like last year and people will be brought before the courts.
"It is hugely regretable that we get to this situation each year. There are a large number of people across community groups, government and faith groups doing a huge amount to reduce the impact and change things for the better. We all need to redouble these efforts and sustain them to a get a real and meaningful change for residents of these areas. That is the very least they need and deserve."
Latest details on arrests:
A District - 9 arrests (8 males, 1 female)
Three males, aged 19, 22 and 37 are currently helping police with their inquiries.
A 34-year-old male and a 16-year-old male juvenile are expected to appear at Belfast Magistrate's court today, Wednesday 13 July, charged with riotous behaviour.
A 45-year-old male and 27-year-old female have been charged with riotous behaviour and are expected to appear at Belfast Magistrate's Court on July 14th.
A 19-year-old male is expected to appear at Belfast Magistrate's Court on August 3rd, charged with riotous behaviour.
As is normal procedure, all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.
A 12 year-old male has been reported to the PPS.
B District – 5 arrests (2 males and 3 juveniles) all arrested on suspicion of riotous behaviour in Stewart Street area – all remain in custody at this stage.
Derry - 12 arrests (11 males, 1 female - 7 adults (female included) and 5 juveniles) – 2 remain in custody, 4 released on bail pending further inquiries and 6 released pending report.