Fourth Night Of Disorder For Belfast

Police in Belfast have dealt with a fourth night of violence in the east of the city.

Throughout Wednesday evening, what has been described as "pockets of disorder" erupted in various parts of Belfast. Crowds gathered at Castlereagh Street, Templemore Avenue, Thistle Court, Tamery Pass, Madrid Street and the Bryson Street areas.

A number of objects, including fireworks, bottles, petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at officers, while missiles were also thrown across the interface at Thistle Court and Bryson Street.

Two police officers were injured in the disturbances after being struck by masonry, the PSNI has said. One received an injury to his arm, while the second officer received hospital treatment for a head injury.

Chief Superintendent Nigel Grimshaw said: "Police have had to deal with disorder in East Belfast for a fourth consecutive night.

"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.

"Police are committed to protecting the people of East Belfast despite the attempts of this small minority who are intent on causing trouble but it is important to recognise the resolution to this issue is not solely a policing one.

"We need the support from the local community, local representatives and we need parents to ensure that they are aware of the whereabouts of their children. Do not let them become involved in this mindless disorder.

"We will continue to work with local representatives and partner agencies to find resolutions to interface issues and to help ease tensions. We recognise people within this community are working very hard to deal with these issues and that it is only a small minority of people involved in incidents."

Anyone who might have information regarding the disorder is asked to contact police on 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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