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Five charged over illegal Easter Monday parade in Derry

Trouble flared during a dissident republican parade in Derry on Easter Monday. Picture by Margaret McLaughlin

FIVE men have been charged with taking part in an illegal parade in Derry.

Petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at police Land Rovers during the dissident republican parade on Monday.

The men - aged 29, 31, 42, 45 and 50 - were arrested after searches of Junior McDaid house in Chamberlain Street on Wednesday.

The building houses an office used by anti-agreement republican party Saoradh.

Several items were also seized by police.

The men are expected to appear before Derry Magistrates Court on April 25.

Chief Inspector Paul McCracken said on Wednesday: "Immediately after the parade and the attack on local police offices on Monday, we had said that robust action would be taken against those who orchestrated the violence and those who participated".

Earlier this week, seven men were charged with taking part in an illegal parade in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

The Republican Sinn Féin Easter Rising commemoration was held on Levin Road on Saturday afternoon.

Six of the men have already appeared in court.

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