Police petrol bombed in Belfast trouble (UTV)

Police officers were attacked with petrol bombs during trouble in east Belfast on Tuesday night.

Police said trouble flared when a car was set on fire at around 11pm at Castlereagh Street.

When officers attended they were attacked with petrol and paint bombs during the disturbance.

Additional officers were drafted into the area to calm the situation.

East Belfast Area Commander Chief Inspector David Moore said: “Additional police resources have been deployed in the area in order to increase visibility and to act as a deterrent to individuals who may be considering orchestrating any attack.

“This police presence has also sought where possible to identify people involved and where there is evidence of an offence, we will take action to bring these offenders before the courts.

“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.

“I would continue to appeal to the local communities within east Belfast to assist us in addressing problems in their area by reporting crime and passing on information about this type of crime and those involved to us on the non-emergency number 101.”

The incident is a latest of a series of disturbances in the area over the past week.

Over the weekend rival factions of loyalist and nationalist youths clashed in the area, again throwing petrol bombs and other missiles.

Police said that incident was an escalation of trouble over previous nights and urged parents to be aware of where there children are at nights and what they are up to.

They said the clashes were organised over social media.


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