£80,000 policing bill for Rathcoole riots

ALMOST £80,000 was spent policing two nights of rioting in Rathcoole, it has been revealed.

Cars and buses were hijacked and burned out during the two nights of disturbances around the estate on October 25 and 26.

It followed police raids connected to an investigation into UVF crimes carried out in north Belfast.

In total six people have been arrested and questioned in relation to the violence. One has been charged, three released pending reports to the Public Prosecution Service, and the remaining two released unconditionally.

The PSNI said the cost of the police operation during the trouble was 78,910.

The UVF was blamed for orchestrating the rioting, which at its height involved about 200 youths.

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