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'Shots fired' at police patrol car

Police are investigating reports that two shots were fired at one of their patrol vehicles in Belfast.

The incident happened in the Brompton Park area in the north of the city at around 10.30pm on Monday night.

A PSNI spokesman said there had been no reports of any injuries or damage.

The incident happened in the Brompton Park area near the Ardoyne community interface close to Twaddell Avenue.

The location has been the scene of tension in recent weeks with repeated protests by Orangemen banned from marching past the republican Ardoyne neighbourhood. Loyalists riots broke out in the area in mid-July while a pipe bomb device was also thrown at police officers from the Ardoyne.

DUP Assembly member for North Belfast William Humphrey said a protest was ongoing when last night's suspected gun attack took place.

"This is the second attack with murderous intent on the peaceful protest at Twaddell," he said. "It was only good fortune no women protesters or police were harmed. This shooting is part of a wider pattern of incidents that have the clear intent of increasing community tensions."

Labour's shadow Northern Ireland minister Steve Pound said: "In the first instance, this deliberate attempt to murder police officers must be condemned for the reckless, unacceptable and appalling attack that it was. It was a clear attempt to further raise tensions in north Belfast."

In a separate incident, detectives are investigating a shooting in the Tollnamona Court area of west Belfast. Shots were fired at the door of a house at around 2am. No-one was injured in the attack.

Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast Rosie McCorley said: "There is no place for gangs running around with guns in our community and the people of the area do not want them. Whatever the reason for this shooting, it was wrong and thankfully no-one was hurt."

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