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Five police officers injured in Belfast riot

Five police officers were injured during a second night of serious rioting in Belfast.

The PSNI came under sustained attack last night from a 100-strong crowd throwing stones, fireworks, paint and petrol bombs in the Broadway and Bog Meadows area near the M1 motorway/Westlink.

Police fired a number of baton rounds in a bid to restore calm.

The disturbances came after similar scenes on Friday night, when four police vehicles sustained damage.

The officers injured last night suffered head and body wounds, but none are considered life-threatening at this time. One officer was struck on the head with an iron bar.

More police Land Rovers were damaged by rioters armed with sign posts, pieces of masonry and, in one instance, an axe.

A number of gas cylinders were also thrown into the road at the Broadway roundabout and a car was set alight.

A fast-food restaurant was broken into during the disturbances and significant damage was caused. Two tills from the premises were later recovered.

Police were forced to close the Stockman's Lane off slip on the M1 and the Westlink at Clifton Street at around 11.40pm due to the danger of thrown items landing on the carriageway or striking passing vehicles.

The trouble was finally quelled at around 3am.

Police believe a number of the rioters may have come from outside the local area and officers are appealing for the public's help in identifying all of the individuals involved.

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