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Kids 'encouraged to attack march'

Steward injured at Tour of the North parade
An object thrown at the parade struck a steward in the face

Dissident republicans have been blamed by Sinn Fein for minor disturbances at an Orange march in north Belfast.

A small number of objects were thrown as the Tour of the North parade passed by the Ardoyne area on Friday night.

Sinn Fein assembly member Gerry Kelly said dissidents had tried to encourage children to cause trouble.

"Young people came over to me and told me there were certain people asking them to go out and block the parade and attack the Orangemen," he said.

"It is interesting that the young people came to me and said they did not want to do this - I think this is a great sign of maturity.

"It also shows where the Ardoyne residents are on this issue - they don't want the parade but they're not prepared to put young people in the firing line."

One man was taken to hospital with a head injury.



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