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Police attacked with petrol bombs in fourth night of youth violence in east Belfast

By Claire Cromie

Petrol bombs have been thrown at police officers in a fourth night of youth violence in east Belfast.

Police were responding to a report of a car on fire in Castlereagh Street at about 11.15pm on Tuesday, when youths threw petrol bombs and paint bombs at them.

Additional officers were deployed to the area and the youths dispersed.

The PSNI has stepped up its presence at the interface due to sectarian gang violence between Protestant and Catholic teenagers.

Area Commander, Chief Inspector David Moore, warned parents to know where their children are at night.

"This police presence has also sought where possible to identify people involved and where there is evidence of an offence, we will take action to bring these offenders before the courts," he said.

"Parents are reminded to ensure that they know the whereabouts of their children as anyone that is caught engaging in disorder or criminal damage is likely to end up with a criminal record."

He added: "I would continue to appeal to the local communities within East Belfast to assist us in addressing problems in their area by reporting crime and passing on information about this type of crime and those involved to us on the non-emergency number 101."

 

Further reading:

Police swamp east Belfast interface after two nights of violence  

East Belfast: 25 crimes a week at besieged sectarian flashpoint

Sectarian gang clashes in east Belfast arranged via social media 

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