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Petrol bombs and bricks hurled at police in Northern Ireland

The scenes in Newtownabbey last night The scenes in Newtownabbey last night
Cecil Davis | 06 April, 2021, 05:11

According to District commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Walls, police officers attending the scene suffered burns as well as head and leg injuries after coming under attack from rioters throwing metal rods, masonry and fireworks.

On Saturday night 30 petrol bombs were thrown at police in Newtownabbey, Belfast and three vehicles were hijacked and set on fire, police said, in what they described as an "orchestrated attack".

In a statement on Monday afternoon, the PSNI condemned the violence which saw disorder start at around 9pm in the vicinity of the Cloughfern roundabout in Newtownabbey on Sunday.

There was also disorder in the North Road area of nearby Carrickfergus on Sunday night.

Three cars were hijacked and set on fire yesterday in Newtownabbey, an area on the outskirts of Belfast, police said. This orchestrated violence is senseless and reckless.

On Saturday night, 27 police officers were injured and eight people were arrested during riots in Belfast and Londonderry.

Two of those arrested in the Sandy Row area on Friday were aged 13 and 14.

In a bid to deescalate tensions, First Minister of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster said: 'I know that many of our young people are hugely frustrated by the events of this last week but causing injury to police officers will not make things better.

It now brings the total number of police officers injured during violent clashes in Belfast and Derry to 32.

Tension over the UK-EU Brexit deal's Northern Ireland Protocol, the establishment of a border in the Irish Sea, has been simmering in the loyalist community for months.

Tension has also been stoked this week by a decision not to prosecute 24 Sinn Fein party members who attended the funeral in June of Irish Republican Army figure Bobby Storey in blatant violation of Covid-19 guidelines.

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The main unionist parties have demanded the resignation of Northern Ireland's police chief over the controversy, claiming he has lost the confidence of their community.

In Co Antrim, a recent series of drug seizures against the South East Antrim UDA - a renegade faction of the main grouping - have caused particular ill-feeling towards police.

The faction is believed to have been behind some of the weekend disturbances.

Belfast has been gripped by further unrest, as hijacked cars were set alight and PSNI officers were targeted and attacked in the north of the city on Saturday.

Mr Beck continued: 'My officers put on their uniform every day and go out into the community they serve, not knowing what lies ahead of them.

He added: 'We are living in unprecedented times, dealing with a global pandemic, no-one needs the added pressure of disorder in their community.

"To those in our community with influence, I would urge you to use that influence so we do not see any further disgraceful scenes of violence on our streets so we can ensure young people do not get caught up in criminality and that they are kept safe and away from harm".

Four adults - three men aged 25, 21 and 18 years old, and a woman, aged 19 - have been charged with riot.

They are due to appear at Belfast Youth Court on April 30.

Police said on Saturday night that seven people including three teenage boys have been charged with riot over the Sandy Row disturbances.

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