PETROL BOMB THROWN AT POLICE IN NORTH BELFAST

A PETROL bomb has been thrown at police in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.

Police said officers were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle in the Ardoyne Avenue area at around 1 am this morning, Sunday, April 15, when they were attacked by a crowd of stone throwers.

The officers’ vehicle was then struck by a petrol bomb close to Rosapenna Street.

They were not injured and later located the suspicious vehicle and seized it.

A 19-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a range of driving offences.

PSNI Inspector Tommy Fairfield said it was “unacceptable that police officers simply trying to do their job should be attacked”.

He added: “I am pleased with how professionally the crew conducted themselves, continuing to pursue their enquiries and keep people safe in the face of such an attack”.

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