RIOTS NOTTURNI A BROADWAY, NOVE POLIZIOTTI FERITI
PSNI officers injured in city riot (UTV News)
Nine police officers have been injured after rioting broke out in the Broadway area of west Belfast on Tuesday night.
Around 100 people were involved in the disorder during which 21 petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at officers.
A PSNI spokeswoman said they do not believe the disturbances were “orchestrated.”
“Localised disorder in the Broadway area last night was, police believe, local criminal elements trying to take advantage of tensions and events in the Black Mountain area to attack officers,” she said.
The area quickly returned to calm, the spokeswoman added, before going on to thank community workers for their assistance in restoring order.
The trouble came after one person was injured during disturbances at Black Mountain, also in west Belfast, earlier on Tuesday.
It is understood the incidents occurred after a large sign was erected ahead of Queen Elizabeth’s visit to Northern Ireland.
The words ‘ÉRIU IS OUR QUEEN’ were laid out in large white letters on the west Belfast hillside with an Irish flag below.
Ériu is the goddess of sovereignty in Irish mythology and it is from this word that Ireland’s name was derived.
Nigel Dodds DUP MP and TUV leader Jim Allister have both contacted the police urging them to remove the sign.