SIX PSNI OFFICERS INJURED AFTER ATTACK BY NATIONALIST YOUTHS IN EAST BELFAST

Six police officers injured during trouble in east Belfast

Six police officers injured during trouble in east Belfast

SIX police officers were injured during trouble in east Belfast after nationalist youths threw a petrol bomb at PSNI lines.

The violence broke out in the vicinity of Castlereagh Street and Mountpottinger Road on Wednesday evening and involved about 100 youths.

A petrol bomb and other missiles were thrown at police, according to a PSNI spokesperson.

The officers sustained minor injuries.

One person was arrested. Calm was restored with the assistance of community representatives.

Sinn Fein councillor Niall O’Donnghaile said he understood a petrol bomb had been thrown at police from the nationalist Short Strand.

He said there had been rumours on social media sites of a “party” in Short Strand to mark the funeral of Baroness Thatcher.

However, he said, there was no such event but in response to the rumours, there was a loyalist flag protest from about 18:00 BST.

He said as a result, people were brought out onto the streets.

“The reality of that fall-out is that residents living at the top of Mountpottinger Road, in particular, have had to endure a night of trouble,” he said.

“That’s not something that the Short Strand community as a whole wants to see.”

 

 

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