Police made four arrests during sixth night of violence across Northern Ireland

Police made four arrests during sixth night of violence across Northern Ireland

FOUR people were arrested following further disturbances across parts of Northern Ireland.

Petrol bombs, paint bombs and fireworks were thrown on Wednesday night in north and east Belfast, Newtownabbey and Portadown.

However, the PSNI say officers dealt with “less incidents than in previous nights”.

A statement added: “No police officers were injured. Water cannon was not deployed and no AEPs were discharged by police.”

Police have now been attacked for six nights following the Twelfth of July, when Orangemen were prevented from marching a contentious stretch of road home past the mainly nationalist Ardoyne district of north Belfast, in accordance with a Parades Commission ruling.

There were two arrests in Woodvale area of north Belfast after a petrol bomb hit a PSNI vehicle.

A 20-year-old man was detained on suspicion of possession of a petrol bomb.

Police also arrested a 13-year-old boy in the area on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and obstruction of police

The PSNI statement added: “He was later de-arrested, returned to the custody of his family and a report is due to be sent to the Youth Diversionary Officer.

“A community representative destroyed two petrol bombs in the Oldpark Road area which are believed to have been made by children.”

There were also two arrests in Portadown after attacks on police lines.

Glass, bottles, bricks and fireworks were thrown, and officers later recovered hammers, a starting pistol and up to 60 bottles, 30 fireworks and six paint bombs.

A man aged 17 was arrested in the Craigwell Road area on suspicion of riotous behaviour, three counts of assault on police and two counts of resisting arrest

A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of riotous assembly and assault on police.

Police in east Belfast said a “small amount of missiles” were thrown from the Tower Street area towards Templemore Avenue.

And a firework was thrown from Newtownards Road towards the Templemore Avenue area at about 11.50pm.

Some items were thrown at police and four bins were set on fire in the Newtownards Road and Island Street areas.

Crews from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service were tasked to put out the flames.

Six paint bombs and a sack of stones were recovered.

Said the PSNI: “Community representatives also removed masonry in the Frazer Pass area.”

In north Belfast, a petrol bomb landed on a parked car in Rosapenna Street at about 10.20pm and set it alight.

Youths stoned police in the North Queen Street area and threw a paint bomb.

There was a failed attempt to hijack a taxi in Bray Street. The driver made off but the youths damaged a wing mirror and pulled the aerial off the car.

A number of missiles were thrown at police lines by youths in O’Neill Road, Newtownabbey.

A laser pen was used on a vehicle and six petrol bombs were seized.


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