FOURTH NIGHT OF TROUBLE AS VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN EAST BELFAST

Loyalist protesters in east Belfast on Sunday night

Loyalist protesters in east Belfast on Sunday night

FRESH trouble has erupted on the streets of east Belfast on Sunday for the fouth night in a row.

Trouble flared after a loyalist flag protest on Sunday night.

As a result, the PSNI have advised motorists to stay clear of Castlereagh Street, Albertbridge Road, Beersbridge Road, and Mountpottinger Road areas.

A hijacked car was set on fire at Templemore Avenue not far from where a gunman opened fire on police on Saturday afternoon.

Riot squad police are dealing with what police chiefs are describing as an “0ngoing public disorder” situation which broke out shortly before 9pm.

Officers have come under attack from fireworks, bottles and bricks.

Outside of Belfast, police in Ballymena say they dealt with “instances of public disorder in the Ballykeel area” where a road was blocked.

Trouble erupted outside Ballykeel Presbyterian Church, disrupting people going to the Sunday night service.

Police said a petrol bomb was thrown, while a number of bins were set alight.

Earlier, PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said police will deal with rioting “for however long is necessary”.

Car on fire in east Belfast on Sunday night

Car on fire in east Belfast on Sunday night

“The Police Service will continue to do everything possible to maintain law and order and we will deal firmly with outbreaks of violence,” he said.

“As you have seen in the last few days we will continue to apprehend and put people before the courts.”

A 52-year-old has become the latest man charged with disorderly behaviour, in connection with rioting in Belfast. He will appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Earlier on Sunday, police moved into the nationalist Short Strand district to keep youths back from neighbouring flashpoint lower Newtownards Road.

Police move into Short Strand to keep nationalist youths back

Police move into Short Strand to keep nationalist youths back

On Saturday night, dissident republicans called in supporters from north and west Belfast to stand with residents of the Short Strand.

Dissident republicans wearing hoods and masked were seen patrolling streets close to the flashpoint Cluan Place as tensions hit new highs.

 

 

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4 Responses to FOURTH NIGHT OF TROUBLE AS VIOLENCE ERUPTS IN EAST BELFAST

  1. bill says:

    the protest was over and peaceful, some protesters stayed behind and were having a bit of banter with the police officers that policed the protest, when a golfball came from short strand striking 1 officer on the head and thats what kicked of the trouble from loyalists NOT protesters

  2. jennifer says:

    i was at the front of protest which passed of peacefully,i was standind in a group chatting to a officer which i must say did a wonderful job policing the protest when a golf ball came from the short strand hitting the officers hat off a few more things were thrown and that was when the loyalists started throwing back at that point the officers left the sceen and the riot squad moved in

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