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Man and woman refused bail over interface trouble

A 32-year-old mother and a 20-year-old man who was "acting like a big lad" during trouble at a west Belfast interface have been refused bail.

Lynsey McCartney, from Lawnbrook Drive in the city, and Rory Moore from Mossvale Street were arrested after street disorder broke out in the Lanark Way/Springfield Road area in the early hours of Monday.

Ms McCartney faces a single charge of riotous behaviour in Lanark Way.

Mr Moore was charged with three offences - disorderly behaviour, possession of a knife in a public place and obstructing police.

The pair appeared at Belfast Magistrates Court yesterday.

The court heard that Ms McCartney was seen on a police camera trying to climb the wall which separates Lanark Way with nationalist Springfield Road.

A police constable said that, as around 50 people gathered on the Springfield Road, Ms McCartney was seen throwing a number of missiles "including bottles and pieces of masonry" over the peace wall.

When she was arrested, she answered "no comment" when questions were put to her but said she had been drinking from 2pm.

Objecting to her release on bail, the officer said police had concerns given that the trouble had happened at an interface and "tensions are high at the minute".

She also expressed concerns Ms McCartney would not abide by bail conditions.

The constable also opposed release for Mr Moore.

She said he was arrested in the same area after standing in front of a police vehicle with both hands on the bonnet, preventing it from moving.

He was also observed allegedly encouraging others to join in at a time when police were being attacked with missiles.

No officers were injured.

A police search discovered a knife in the "waist area" of Mr Moore's shorts which he claimed was not intended for an "unlawful purpose" but was used for fishing and he had not been aware it was still in his clothing.

The court was told Ms McCartney had found her time in custody "stressful" and wanted to return home to her 12-year old daughter and "stay away from any form of trouble" and would refraining from drinking alcohol.

It also heard Mr Moore was drunk during the early morning incident and "acting like a big lad in front of the cops".

However, bail was refused.

The accused will appear again on August 11 via video link.

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