Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 30 August 2014

Catholic church and police station attacked with petrol bomb and paintbombs in Belfast

A paintbomb, stones and bottles were thrown at Willowfield Police Station
A paintbomb, stones and bottles were thrown at Willowfield Police Station

A petrol bomb and paintbombs were used to attack a Catholic church, a police station and a community organisation in east Belfast on Tuesday night.

Police believe the three incidents, all in the same part of the Woodstock Road, may be linked:

  • Shortly after 7pm a petrol bomb was thrown at the shutters of a community based organisation in Isthmus Street
  • At around 11.45pm a paintbomb, stones and bottles were thrown at Willowfield Police Station
  • Overnight the front doors of St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Woodstock Road were paintbombed

The PSNI has said it will step up patrols in the area.

Sergeant White said: "These incidents have occurred within a relatively confined area and there may have been passers-by or residents who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour and we would be very keen to hear from them.

"There have previously been reports of anti-social behaviour in these areas and police have been working with other agencies, over the course of the last number of months to tackle this behaviour.

"We will be increasing police patrols within the area in the coming days.  We are investigating the possibility that all of these incidents are linked."

Alliance East Belfast MLA Chris Lyttle said: "I am shocked and appalled at the wanton violence that has taken place at several locations in East Belfast. There can be no justification for any of these mindless attacks that should be condemned by all.

"Those responsible have no regards for the damage they are doing to the local community.

"If anybody has any information about these incidents then I would urge them to contact the police."

Witnesses are asked to contact detectives at Musgrave station on the non-emergency number 101.

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