POLICE PROBE SECTARIAN PETROL BOMB ATTACK IN EAST BELFAST

Police scene armed copDETECTIVES have launched an investigation after a petrol bomb was thrown at an interface area in east Belfast.

Police say the petrol bomb was thrown from the direction of Mountpottinger Road around 10 pm.

The PSNI say that ten minutes earlier, police responded to a report of a fight between “rival factions” near Castlereagh Street.

At around 11.30 pm, police received a report that the windows of a house on the Albertbridge Road were smashed.

Following the petrol bomb attack, police recovered the remnants of the bomb for forensic examination and also a further two petrol bombs.

A PSNI superintendent said: “Since 15 April 2014, there have been 48 arrests in interfaces in east Belfast for criminal damage and other public order related offences.

“Police are committed to keeping communities safe and will allocate resources as required to do this.

“Parents are reminded to ensure that they know the whereabouts of their children as anyone that is caught engaging in disorder or criminal damage is likely to end up with a criminal record.”

Anyone with information about the attacks is asked to ring police on the non-emergency 101 number.

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