Newtownabbey: Petrol bombs and bricks launched at PSNI

Cars set on fire in Newtownabbey spark fears of further trouble in Northern Ireland

Petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at officers in loyalist areas in Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus on Easter Sunday night.

According to the police, a small protest by unionists angered by perceived post-Brexit barriers between the country and the rest of the United Kingdom broke out on Friday night but soon turned into an attack on officers.

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

The incidents come amid simmering tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, set up as part of the UK's Brexit deal with the European Union, which has resulting in the establishment of a border in the Irish Sea.

Speaking on the same programme, Colin McGrath, Chairman of the SDLP and MLA for South Down, said it was "particularly sad" to see violence on the streets of Northern Ireland again and to have teenagers involved.

Police said on Saturday evening that they were responding following reports of disorder at the Cloughfern roundabout in the O'Neill's Road area of Newtownabbey.

Fifteen officers were injured in Belfast, while 12 officers were hurt in Derry after being targeted by mainly young people.

An eighth person arrested in connection with the unrest on Friday night, a man aged 19, has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

He is due to appear at Belfast Magistrates' Court today.

Police attend to a scene at Cloughfern as loyalist protesters hijack and burn vehicles on Saturday
Rioters pelt police with 30 petrol bombs and torch three hijacked cars in Northern Ireland

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.

It followed riots on Friday across both cities following a decision not to prosecute leaders of the Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein for allegedly breaking coronavirus restrictions by attending the funeral of a former leading IRA figure during lockdown a year ago.

A DUP lawmaker, Christopher Stalford, said rioters were "acting out of frustration" after prosecutors opted not to charge any members of Sinn Fein last week for alleged breaches of Covid-19 restrictions.

Stormont's First Minister Arlene Foster has called for calm, urging young people "not to get drawn into disorder" and warning that violence "will not make things better".

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.

"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", the DUP leader said.

'I appeal to our young people not to get drawn into disorder which will lead to them having criminal convictions and blighting their lives. There is no place for it in society.

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.

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