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NI police attacked with petrol bombs and bricks by loyalists in third night of violence

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In what was a third continuous night of unrest in the province, officers came under attack from rioters in the loyalist areas of Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus in County Antrim, the PSNI said. DUP MP Gregory Campbell called for calm, saying: “Those attacking the police should stop. Rioting and injuring rank and file officers will only result in young people being criminalised.”

Sunday night’s violence follows on from two previous nights of rioting over the Easter weekend.

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

Police said that they had come under “sustained attack” from a large group of young people, who threw stones, bottles and fireworks.

Then on Saturday, protesters threw 30 petrol bombs at officers and set light to cars in Newtownabbey, a suburb of northern Belfast.

Chief Superintendent Davy Beck said that around twelve men launched an “orchestrated attack on police.”

He also called for an end to the violence, saying: “I would appeal to those who are taking to the streets to stop immediately, their actions are causing nothing but harm and distress to the very communities they claim they are representing

A 47-year-old man was taken into custody on Sunday evening and has been charged in connection with rioting and throwing a petrol bomb in Newtownabbey on Saturday, the PSNI said.

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Community divisions were also exacerbated last week after police decided against prosecuting 24 Sinn Fein politicians.

The party activists had breached lockdown restrictions to attend a large funeral.

The decision to not initiate a prosecution led to calls for the resignation of PSNI chief constable Simon Byrne by all major unionist parties.



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