Northern Ireland riots: Youths clash with police in second night of trouble in west Belfast

A large group of youths have taken to the streets again in west Belfast tonight.

here are reports of bricks and stones being thrown and further attacks on police in the Springfield Road area.

It’s understood there are adults on the ground appealing for no more violence.

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Nationalist youths clash with PSNI officers on the Springfield road this evening in a second night of trouble in the area.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

PSNI officers in riot gear and police dogs have moved into the area in an attempt to disperse those involved. A video posted on social media earlier showed police water cannons arriving in the area, which have since been deployed against the protesters.

Loyalists have also been gathering at Lanark Way with reports that bricks have been thrown at police.

In the latest violent scenes, which took place in the same area last night, a Metro bus was hijacked and set on fire, petrol bombs, masonry and fireworks were thrown at police officers and a peace wall gate was set alight.

Belfast Telegraph photographer Kevin Scott was also attacked.

Police quelled crowds of 600 people on either side of the peace walls that separate communities in the city and deployed a type of plastic bullet, as well as arresting two men, aged 18 and 28, on suspicion of rioting.

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Nationalist youths clash with PSNI officers on the Springfield road this evening in a second night of trouble in the area.
Photo Stephen Davison/Pacemaker Press

Eight PSNI officers were injured.

Earlier today MLAs were recalled from their Easter recess following the past week of violence and unanimously passed a motion calling for an end to the disorder.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Taoiseach Micheal Martin also spoke over the phone this afternoon about the violent clashes in mainly loyalist areas over the last week.

Belfast Telegraph



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