Maghera man charged with attacking police at St Patrick’s Day trouble in Belfast

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland  -  17th March 2010  - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye -  St Patrick's Day celebrations take place in Belfast.  Students in the Holy Lands area of south Belfast celebrated the day in a peace manner.  Police and volunteer organisations along with stewards maintained a presence in the area which seen a lot of disturbances this time last year.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 17th March 2010 - Picture by Jonathan Porter / Press Eye - St Patrick's Day celebrations take place in Belfast. Students in the Holy Lands area of south Belfast celebrated the day in a peace manner. Police and volunteer organisations along with stewards maintained a presence in the area which seen a lot of disturbances this time last year.

A Maghera man has appeared in court on charges linked to St Patrick’s Day disorder in south Belfast.

Ciaran McCloy, 20, of Ballymacilcurr Road is charged with assaulting two police officers, disorderly behaviour, resisting and obstructing police.

He is one five men who appeared before Belfast Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

Disturbances broke out in the Holylands area of the city last month, where large crowds gathered on the streets for the annual celebrations.

One police officer was injured after being hit on the shoulder by a bottle.

Three of the defendants at Belfast Magistrates’ Court face charges linked to disturbances at Agincourt Avenue.

All five defendants were released on continuing bail after being connected to the alleged offences.

They are expected to confirm their attitude to the charges when they return to court later this month.