Six men accused of affray are barred from living in Larne



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Six Larne men have been barred from entering the town after being charged with offences arising from disturbances last week.

The arrests relate to events on Tuesday, March 18 when it is alleged a man was threatened ands assaulted by up to 12 men, some carrying hammers and bats. The alled injured party’s home was subjected to paint bombing.

Last Thursday, 41-year-old David Murray and Gareth Luney, 23, appeared at Ballymena Magistrate’s Court. Mr Murray is charged with affray, disorderly behaviour, threats to kill and intimidation. Mr Luney appeared on charges of affray, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon and threats to kill.

Both accused were released on bail on condition that each resides outside of Larne and that neither man enters Larne

Four other men aged between 20 and 40 are due to appear at court in Ballymena on Friday, April 4 on charges including affray, asault, intimidation and threats to kill. One accused, aged 29, has also been charged with attempting to cultivate cannabis and possession of a class B drug.

All four werer released on police bail pending their appearance in court, under the same conditions as the co-accused.

As is normal procedure the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.