Sunday 24 September 2017

Girl (4) in miraculous escape after petrol bomb explodes beside her on Belfast street

Lesley-Anne McKeown

A four-year-old girl has escaped serious injury after a petrol bomb attack in east Belfast today.

The lit device was thrown over a sectarian interface at Bryson Street and ignited close to where the girl was playing in the street at about 3pm.

 

It is understood she received first aid treatment from police officers at the scene.

 

Sinn Fein councillor, Niall O Donnghaile said the girl and her friends had endured a frightening experience.

 

Tensions in east Belfast have been high after a petrol bomb was thrown from the nationalist Short Strand into the loyalist Cluan Place on Sunday, the PSNI said.

 

A 15-year-old boy was subsequently arrested for arson.

 

Stones have been thrown between both communities and crowds of youths gathered a flashpoint last night.

 

Police have urged parents to ensure their children do not become involved in disorder.

 

"Police would ask parents to ensure that they know the whereabouts of their children to ensure that they do not get drawn into any violence or anti-social behaviour at interfaces," a statement said.

 

Officers investigating this latest petrol bomb attack have appealed for witnesses.

Press Association

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