PSNI officers attacked at march

Sat, Aug 25, 2012, 01:00

Seven police officers have been injured in the North after trouble flared after a loyalist band defied a ruling not to march past a Catholic church.

The Young Conway Volunteers had been banned from parading past St Patrick’s Church on Donegall Street, Belfast, after being filmed playing an allegedly sectarian song at the spot during July 12th demonstrations.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said seven officers were injured after violence broke out in the area as the Shankill Road band marched past the church.

A number of bands played music between Clifton Street and Unity Street area, which police also said was a breach.

One officer was hospitalised in the violence.

It is understood police were attacked when they attempted to keep nationalists and loyalists apart.

PA