Twelfth trouble in Ballycastle

Police tape
Police tape

A young boy was allegedly struck by a piece of concrete during today’s Twelfth of July parade in Ballycastle.

The child is not believed to have been badly hurt.

The incident is understood to have taken place at the estate as Orangemen and bandsmen passed by en route to the Quay Road playing fields.

Protesters gathered at the mainly nationalist area of the town to register their protest at the march and it is understood, although not confirmed, that police made arrests.

Tri-colours were erected on lamp posts along at Altananam – a further indication of the feelings of some nationalist residents to the staging of a parade hosted by the seaside town every five years.

Meanwhile a suspicious device was also found in Quay Road, Ballycastle.

Police chief confirmed: “Police are currently at the scene of a security alert in the Quay Road area of Ballycastle following the discovery of a suspicious object. Diversions in place at Quay Road/North Road and Rathlin Road/Quay Road.”

Councillor Darryl Wilson added: “It is a shame that a few mindless thugs intent on causing harm to innocent people have tarnished what was an enjoyable family occasion.

“Thanks to the vast majority of people in Ballycastle for giving us a very warm welcome during this year’s twelfth demonstration.”