12/09/2002

Baton rounds fired in north Belfast riot

Police have reported firing seven baton rounds in a night of serious rioting in north Belfast.

The trouble occurred in the loyalist Mount Vernon estate last night when a mob attacked police who were attempting to make an arrest in the area.

Police reported coming under sustained attack from a range of missiles and one police officer had to receive treatment for a minor injury.

A number of police vehicles were damaged during the disturbances when concrete blocks were dropped from flats onto police Land Rovers below.

Army Technical Officers also were called in to examine suspicious objects which had been thrown by the mob. Controlled explosions were carried out on the objects which were later described as elaborate hoaxes.

(GMcG)

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