LATEST NEWS: ORANGE ORDER MEMBER ARRESTED OVER MURDER BID ON POLICE AT ARDOYNE PARADE

ACC Will Kerr put on display a PSNI riot helmet which he said was dented with a ceremonial sword during violence in north Belfast

ACC Will Kerr put on display a PSNI riot helmet which he said was dented with a ceremonial sword during violence in north Belfast

SEARCHES have been carried out on Wednesday in north and west Belfast over trouble at the Twelfth of July parade in Ardoyne.

Belfast Daily understands that one member of an Orange Order Lodge has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of a police officer.

It is understood the arrest is connection with an attack on a PSNI riot squad officer with a ceremonial sword.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr later put on show a riot helmet which he said had been dented with the ceremonial sword during the attack.

The 30-year-old man was arrested in north Belfast and is currently in custody being heldĀ on suspicion of attempted murder, riotous behaviour and possession of an offensive weapon.

Belfast Daily understands that searches have also been carried out in the Glenbryn area of the upper Ardoyne on Wednesday morning.

Police on Wednesday tried to arrest members of the Pride of Ardoyne flute band

Police on Wednesday tried to arrest members of the Pride of Ardoyne flute band

It is understood police have been looking to arrest members of the Pride of the Ardoyne band which accompanied Orange Lodges back to north Belfast before their route home was prevented by police landrovers.

Said a source: “All but one of the band members were not at home.

“The one who was at home escaped out the back of the house.”

It is understood one band member was identified by police after he appeared on a recent BBC 3 documentary ‘Petrol Bombs and Peace’ over the parading trouble.

Hundreds of hours of footage, heli-teli images, newspaper articles and public broadcast footage are currently being studied to identify people involved in the trouble.

A special team of police officers was set up in the wake of the Ardoyne riots to identify those involved.

 

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