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Police attacked after mob of youths 'hurl' stones at Belfast buses

Police demand stop to 'senseless and dangerous criminal behaviour

Buses came under attack for the second time in the west of the city. [File pic]
Buses came under attack for the second time in the west of the city. [File pic]

Police were attacked as they responded to reports of a large number of youths attacking buses in the west of the city.

The mob had gathered in the Falls Park area at around 9pm on Friday before throwing stones at passing buses. It was the second attack on buses in the area in as many days.

Police have said they will up their appearance in the area after the two nights of violence.

Inspector Antony Frazer said: “A large number of young people had gathered and when police attended a number of bottles were hurled at the officers before the crowd was dispersed.

“I would like to hear from witnesses or anyone who can identify those involved in this incident. I would also like to send a message directly to those involved.

"Stop this senseless and dangerous criminal behaviour. You are risking the safety of everyone aboard these buses, other young people, the elderly and families when you target them like this. A criminal record could impact on your future."

On Thursday a Glider ticket inspector was assaulted and dragged off the bus while the driver was hit with a brick as he tried to help his colleague.

The two were then set upon by a group of around 20 needing hospital treatment.

Police are appealing for information.

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