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Police take control in Belfast Northern Ireland


Police have come under attack as trouble flared in north Belfast. Disturbances erupted in the New Lodge, North Queen Street area on Saturday evening. Large crowds have gathered in the area.

Police wearing riot gear are at the scene as well as police dogs. Officers have been pelted with bricks, bottles and other missiles. It comes after petrol bombs were thrown at officers shortly after 4pm on Friday across North Queen Street and on New Lodge Road in attacks which continued into the evening.

It's led police to warn there will be "consequences" for the actions of youths who orchestrated the attacks. A piece of furniture was set on fire in the middle of North Queen Street, while youths near Duncairn Gardens threw stones at houses and passing cars. North Queen Street was later closed to allow debris to be cleared.

Chief Inspector Peter Brannigan said: "We’ve received two reports of criminal damage caused to two vehicles – one on York Street, and a vehicle on North Queen Street - as a result of this senseless behaviour. Damage was also reported to have been caused to a property in Hallidays Road where a window was smashed.

“I want to make a direct appeal to the young people who were involved in this reckless activity, and to parents and guardians of young people to please ensure you know where your young people are and what they are doing.

“We will deploy the necessary resources to detect and deter those responsible in a proportionate manner, and we will seek to gather evidence to bring those responsible before the courts, whether through evidence gathering or arrests at the time."

Chief Inspector Brannigan warned there would be consequences for engaging in that type of behaviour and said he wanted to reassure the community they would be working with relevant agencies to prevent repeat incidents on Saturday.

Earlier this week, police and fire crews were called to the scene of a bonfire on the Tiger's Bay side of Duncairn Gardens on Thursday as youths continued to stack pallets beside a peace line gate along the street.

Patrols in the area have now been stepped up by police, who said they are being supported by tactical support group colleagues.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents should call police on 101, and quote reference number 1396 of 10/07/20. A report can also be made using the online reporting form via www.psni.police.uk/makeareport. Alternatively, information can be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Meanwhile, police are investigating an incident in which a car was set on fire in Rathcoole shortly after 1am on Saturday. A man driving along Rathcoole Drive was obstructed by a number of pallets on the road and was stopped by ten males, some of whom were armed with wood, as he tried to drive away.

The man was ordered to get out of his white Peugeot 108 by one of the males, while another got inside and drove it short distance away.

The windscreen of the car was then smashed before the car was set on fire. Detective Chief Inspector Dunny McCubbin said it was "a terrifying ordeal for this man", who left the scene uninjured. He appealed for anyone with information to contact police.

SOURCE: https://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/police-attacked-as-trouble-flares-in-north-belfast-39359351.html

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