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Man to be charged with attempted murder for running over girl (16) during riots

Attack: The 16-year-old is tended by police after they lifted the car from atop her
Attack: The 16-year-old is tended by police after they lifted the car from atop her

A man will appear in court accused of attempted murder after a car struck pedestrians during a riot in Belfast.

A 16-year-old girl was trapped under the vehicle and police and nationalist residents moved swiftly to lift it off her. She is in a stable condition in hospital.

The trouble flared after a loyal order parade was blocked from marching up a contested strip in the north of the city.

The 61-year-old suspect will appear at Belfast Magistrates Court charged with two counts of attempted murder, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said.

A PSNI statement said: "As is usual procedure the charge will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.

"The charges relate to an incident during which a vehicle struck pedestrians in the vicinity of Ardoyne shops in north Belfast on Monday."

Officers lifted the vehicle off the girl and gave first aid while separating missile-throwing loyalists from republicans in the north of the city.

Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Martin said: "I am just thankful because many of us held our breath, and the fact that one of the girls has survived is to some extent remarkable.

"When we watched it many of us feared the worst and I am thankful that her injuries are reported as not life-threatening."

An older woman suffered a suspected fractured wrist during the same incident, police said, and a policeman who went to her aid was hit in the face by a bottle and lost a tooth.