30/06/2004

Police attacked by petrol bombers on Springfield Road

Police officers called to investigate reports of youths attempting to block a road in west Belfast yesterday evening were attacked by petrol bombers.

At around 8.40pm, police responding to reports that youths were setting fire to tyres on the Springfield Road near to the Springfield Park junction were attacked by a group of youths.

The officers were called to protect Fire Brigade crews who were trying to deal with burning debris obstructing the road. The police and firefighters then came under attack by youths throwing stones, bottles and other missiles. A police spokesperson said that during the incident at least two petrol bombs were thrown causing minor damage to a police vehicle.

Police said that around 10.00pm, the nearby New Barnsley PSNI station also came under attack - a petrol bomb caused minor scorch damage.

No-one was hurt and police made no arrests during the incidents.

(SP)

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