Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 28 August 2014

Further petrol bomb attacks in east Belfast

The scene at Short Strand in east Belfast after petrol bombs were thrown in the Bryson Street area
The scene at Short Strand in east Belfast after petrol bombs were thrown in the Bryson Street area
The scene at Short Strand in east Belfast after petrol bombs were thrown in the Bryson Street area
The scene at Short Strand in east Belfast after petrol bombs were thrown in the Bryson Street area
The scene at Short Strand in east Belfast after petrol bombs were thrown in the Bryson Street area
The scene at Short Strand in east Belfast after petrol bombs were thrown in the Bryson Street area

Petrol bombs have been thrown across a peace line in east Belfast as a week of trouble and sectarian tension continues.

Four devices were hurled in the Bryson Street area at about 10.25pm on Monday night.

There were no injuries or damage caused.

It comes only 24 hours after five bombs were thrown at a house in the Strand Walk area at around 11.30pm on on Sunday.

Three landed at the back of the property and a further two fell at the front.

No damage was caused and there were no injuries.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

The attacks come just days after a number of petrol bombs were thrown from both sides of a peace line around the nearby nationalist enclave of Short Strand.

On Tuesday night a petrol bomb was thrown from the Short Strand area into the loyalist Thistle Court area.

Just hours earlier a four-year-old girl sustained injuries after a petrol bomb was thrown into the Short Strand as she played in the street.

The girl suffered minor burns in the incident just before 4pm.

Sinn Fein councillor Niall O Donnghaile, who lives in the Short Strand has called for the attacks to stop and has said the police must do more.

"This is the third petrol bomb attack into the Short Strand in the space of a week, one of which almost resulted in a four-year-old been horrifically injured, and not a single arrest has been made.

"After three months of failing this community during the flag protests, the PSNI must be seen to act; to deal with those hellbent on attacking family homes. All residents living across both sides of the interface have to be able to live in peace in their own homes."

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