Boy (13) arrested at Belfast parade


A 13-year-old boy was one of three people arrested in Belfast when trouble flared after a loyalist band defied a ruling not to march past a Catholic church.

Seven police officers were injured in yesterday’s disturbances — none seriously.

The Young Conway Volunteers band had been banned from parading past St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street in the city after being filmed playing an allegedly sectarian song at the spot during July 12th demonstrations.

Violence broke out in the area as the Shankill Road band marched past the church.

A number of bands played music between Clifton Street and Unity Street area, which police also said was a breach of a ruling by the Parades Commission adjudication body.

It is understood police were attacked when they attempted to keep nationalists opposed to the parade and loyalists apart.

Bottles were thrown from both sides during the trouble. A female officer required hospital treatment after sustaining a head injury.

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