Wednesday 18 October 2017

Rioters attack police with petrol bombs in Belfast

Trouble has flared again tonight in north Belfast in the same area that witnessed serious disorder last night.

Bottles and other missiles were thrown at police lines on the Woodvale Road.

As the night wore on the rioters began using petrol bombs.

The unrest has not yet reached the intensity of the clashes between loyalists and police last night.

The Woodvale Road and the Newtownards Road in east Belfast witnessed the worst violence yesterday, with 32 police officers injured. MP for North Belfast Nigel Dodds was taken to hospital amid the clashes in Woodvale after being struck by a brick. He was discharged this morning.

Four hundred extra police officers from Great Britain have been deployed to Northern Ireland after last night's rioting.

More than 600 mutual aid officers from England, Scotland and Wales were already in the region supporting the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) operation as tensions surrounding the traditional Twelfth of July commemorations spiralled into disorder.

Trouble flared last night as police attempted to enforce a decision banning a controversial Orange Order parade from passing the republican Ardoyne area on the Crumlin Road in north Belfast. Disorder then spread to east Belfast during six hours of violence.

The Orange Order had originally called for protests against the determination of the Parades Commission adjudication body but, in the wake of the violence, late last night senior Orangemen called for protest action to be suspended.

PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott today condemned those responsible for the trouble and also criticised those within the Orange Order leadership who called for protests.

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