Members of the PSNI came under fierce attack in Belfast last night, as they were bombarded with bricks, bottles and pieces of masonry during disturbances close to a sectarian interface.
It is understood up to 60 youths were involved in the protests which apparently broke out about approximately 7pm yesterday evening on Castlereagh Street in the east of the city. Police officers apparently came under fierce attack as they tried to move a crowd that had gathered close to the nationalist Short Strand.
Chief Inspector David Moore, area commander for east Belfast, made a statement which said: “A range of missiles including bricks, blocks and bottles were thrown at the officers. “One of the local neighbourhood sergeants was hit with masonry on the shoulder and injured.“The windscreen of one of the police Land Rovers was also smashed.”
Moore also stated that Police have launched an investigation to identify those behind the attack. He said: “This behaviour is totally unacceptable and a police investigation has begun to identify youths involved.”