TWO teenage boys have appeared at Derry Magistrates’ Court charged in connection with disturbances in the Galliagh area of the city.

The BBC reports that a 14-year-old boy is charged with a number of offences including riotous behaviour and throwing a petrol bomb.

A 15-year-old boy is charged with attempted criminal damage and riotous behaviour. They are are alleged to have committed the offences on 5 August.

Both schoolboys, who can’t be named because of their age, were released on bail to appear again in court on Friday, August 21.

The 14-year-old is also charged with attempting to damage a police vehicle, while the 15-year-old is charged with attempting to damage police vehicles.

The court was also told about £27,000 of damage had been caused to a police vehicle during the disturbances.

A police officer said that shortly after midnight on Wednesday, August 5, police were dealing with a crowd of about 10 or more who were throwing stones, masonry and petrol bombs at police.

A large crowd of about 100 people were watching the rioting, the court heard.

Police opposed bail for both boys but they were both released on bail of £500.

As part of bail conditions the 14-year-old must reside in Co Donegal and only enter the city of Derry for court appearances.

The 15-year-old was released on the condition he does not go within 500 metres of any police operation.

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