Fourth night of rioting in north Belfast

 

PSNI officers in Belfast came under attack for a fourth consecutive night during sectarian clashes in the Whitewell area of north Belfast last night.

Police were attacked by stonethrowers when they moved in to separate the rival groups. Petrol bombs were also thrown at the police and army in the Ardoyne area. Several people were injured during the violence at various flashpoints.

A man in his twenties was struck by a silver-coloured car and a girl was reportedly taken to hospital with suspected broken legs after a metal trolley hit a group of people.

The violence came after a weekend of vicious clashes which began on Saturday after Rangers beat Celtic in the Scottish cup final.

More than 30 police officers and 10 civilians were injured over the first two nights of trouble.