Appeal for calm after riot
There have been appeals for calm this week after six police officers were injured in orchestrated rioting in south and west Belfast at the weekend.
The police fired baton rounds after the crowd of around 100 people gathered at the Broadway and Bog Meadows areas on Saturday night.
The Stockman's Lane off slip and the Westlink at Clifton Street were closed at around 11.40pm amid fears the violence would affect drivers. Saturday’s violence marked the second night of disturbances in the area with the troublemakers throwing missiles at cars on Friday night.
One man was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and another arrested on suspicion of riotous behaviour. Both were later released pending a report to the PPS.
Area Commander for west Belfast Chief Inspector Emma Mooney condemned the level of violence but said that all the officers had fully recovered.
“At this time of year tensions are raised, but an awful lot of hard work and effort has gone on in west and south Belfast and this will not be undone by reckless individuals. They aren’t welcome by ourselves or the community.”
Acting chairman of the Policing Board, Brian Rea, also condemned the attacks on police officers “who were doing their job to keep the peace and protect the public”.
The Police Ombudsman is investigating the police response after they fired baton rounds.