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Weekend of violence: Police came under attack in Belfast and Newtownabbey

Weekend of violence: Police came under attack in Belfast and Newtownabbey

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Weekend of violence: Police came under attack in Belfast and Newtownabbey

The disgraceful attacks on police and property over the weekend have little to do with a border in the Irish Sea and everything to do with thuggery.

Thirty petrol bombs were thrown at officers and three cars were set alight during rioting near the Rathcoole estate in Newtownabbey on Saturday night.

The disturbances followed trouble in Sandy Row and Londonderry on Friday, in which more than two dozen police officers were injured. Political condemnation of the violence was swift and universal.


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