Five-year-old involved in Belfast riot

A five-year-old boy was caught for stone-throwing during loyalist rioting because he couldn’t run as fast as his class mates, according to PSNI assistant chief constable Duncan McCausland.

“His so-called friends were running too quick and that’s how we caught him. He had been throwing stones. He was taken home to his parents and handed over with a strong telling off.”

McCausland said that the riots were organised by the UVF and also claimed that children in the area received text messages instructing them to engage in the rioting.

“If you look at any of the television pictures of the rioting you will see adults in the background,” said.

“There are text messages being sent around schools telling people there is going to be trouble and telling them to come out. It’s been clearly orchestrated. There’s no issue about that.”