Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Petrol bomb thrown over Belfast interface ignites beside four-year-old girl

Children were playing in Bryson Street in the nationalist Short Strand area when a petrol bomb was thrown over a peace wall separating the area from a loyalist one. A four-year-old girl was injured and left shaken by the blast. Picture By Arthur Allison.
Children were playing in Bryson Street in the nationalist Short Strand area when a petrol bomb was thrown over a peace wall separating the area from a loyalist one. A four-year-old girl was injured and left shaken by the blast. Picture By Arthur Allison.

A petrol bomb thrown over a peace wall in East Belfast ignited where a four-year-old girl was playing in the street.

She received minor injuries to her hand. It is understood she received first aid treatment from police officers at the scene.

Police have appealed for calm following the incident, which happened on Tuesday afternoon in the Bryson Street area of nationalist Short Strand.

Sinn Fein councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile said the child was left shaken and frightened by the attack.

Tensions in the area are high after a petrol bomb was thrown from the Short Strand into loyalist Cluan Place on Sunday.

A 15-year-old male was subsequently arrested for arson.

Police have also received reports of stones being thrown between different areas. A number of young people gathered at the interface on Monday night and were met with a heavy police presence.

Detectives at Musgrave Police Station are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed Tuesday's incident to contact them on 0845 600 8000.

They have also asked parents to ensure they know the whereabouts of their children to ensure that they do not get drawn into any violence or anti-social behaviour.

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