30/03/2005

Police come under attack in Markets area

Police came under attack near Belfast’s Markets area on Tuesday.

Officers responding to a "public disturbance" were targeted with stones and other missiles, as well as a petrol bomb, when they arrived in the area.

Sinn Fein claimed a local teenage boy, who suffered cuts to his nose and bruising to his eyes, had been attacked by loyalists in East Bridge Street and that a police patrol ignored the attack.

Laganbank Sinn Fein Representative Deirdre Hargey said: “This action has now resulted in a very volatile situation locally.”

Traffic was diverted away from the area for a time on Tuesday evening due to the violence.

(MB/SP)

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