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Police attacked with petrol bombs in fourth night of north Belfast disorder

Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Police came under attack with petrol and paint bombs during a fourth consecutive night of disorder in north Belfast.

Additional officers, supported by the PSNI's Tactical Support Group and Landrovers, were deployed in the area on Thursday night after crowds of youths targeted police throughout the week.

Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Police said a small number of petrol and paint bombs were thrown at officers in the Victoria Parade and Tiger's Bay areas between 7.20pm and 11pm on Thursday.

Superintendent Melanie Jones said: “While the disorder was at a much lower level last night, as I said yesterday, the people who choose to engage in this dangerous, criminal, anti-social behaviour must stop before someone is seriously injured.

Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

“Again, some of our vehicles have been damaged, but thankfully no members of the public or police officers have been injured."

Police believe those taking part in the violence are aged from their teens to their early 20s, with a smaller, older group orchestrating the trouble.

A bonfire marking the introduction of internment in 1971 is due to be lit on August 9 in the nearby Queen's Parade area.

Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Police have confirmed they have not received any requests from landowners to assist them in the removal of the pyre.

Superintendent Jones said the PSNI will continue to deploy additional support in the area, and work alongside partner agencies and political representative, to address the disorder.

“We need parents and guardians to prevent young people from becoming involved or caught up in these activities," she said.

"To keep young people safe and ensure they don’t get involved or harmed by this activity, it is critical that parents and guardians know where their children and young people are, who they are with, what they are doing and what they are arranging on their social media accounts."

Residents whose property has been damaged as a result of the disorder have been urged to contact police on 101.

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Riot police deal with disorder and anti-social behaviour in the Victoria Parade area of the Newlodge estate, north Belfast on August 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

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