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Banner put up in north Belfast to commemorate loyalist Glen Branagh

A memorial banner goes up in Tigers Bay in north Belfast 20 years on for Glen 'Spacer' Branagh

A BANNER has been put up in north Belfast to commemorate a 16-year-old loyalist who died after the pipe bomb he was carrying exploded.

Glen 'Spacer' Branagh, from Mountcollyer Avenue, was killed 20 years ago next month.

He died in hospital on November 11, 2001, after he was injured on the head and arm when a crude bomb exploded in his hand.

The bomb exploded during disturbances between loyalists and nationalists at North Queen Street after a Remembrance Day service.

The explosion also injured two people nearby and shattered the riot shield of a PSNI officer standing 50 yards away.

Then First Minister David Trimble described Mr Branagh's death as "a senseless waste of human life".

The banner was put up in Tigers Bay over the last few days. However, the visible side of the banner faces towards the nationalist New Lodge.

Bandsmen held a memorial parade in north Belfast on Saturday to mark the anniversary.

The teenager was a member of Ulster Young Militants, the youth wing of the UDA.

In the disorder which followed Mr Branagh's death, police fired nine plastic bullets after rioters threw petrol, blast and paint bombs.

A 14-year-old girl, Patricia Kelly, was treated in hospital after she was hit in the stomach with a plastic round in North Queen Street.

An 11-year-old boy was also treated in hospital for a leg injury.

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