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Man arrested following attack on bar is released on bail

Jonathan McCambridge, PA

A 59-year-old man who was arrested following an incident in which a masked gang armed with baseball bats smashed windows and TVs in a Belfast bar has been released on bail.

Police reported that up to 20 men were involved in the attack on the bar in the Shankill Road on Friday.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Avine Kelly said: “Officers conducted searches at two houses in the Shankill area on Saturday evening, resulting in the arrest of a 59-year-old man and the recovery of a number of items, including cash, paramilitary-related paraphernalia and a small quantity of suspected class B drugs.

“The man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and burglary.”

Police later confirmed that the man was released on bail to allow further inquiries to take place.

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