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Security before the first leg of the UEFA Champions League qualifying tie in Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images
Petrol Bombs

Petrol bombs, paint bombs and fireworks seized in Belfast

There were disturbances in several areas with fireworks and missiles thrown at police but overall there were less incidents than previous nights.

PETROL BOMBS, PAINT bombs and sacks of stones were among the items seized by PSNI officers in Northern Ireland last night.

There were disturbances in East and North Belfast, Newtownabbey and Portadown with fireworks and missiles thrown at police but overall there were less incidents than in previous nights.

A PSNI spokesperson said that no police officers were injured, water cannons were not deployed and no plastic bullets were discharged by police.

There was an increased police presence around North Belfast last night because of a soccer match between Glasgow Celtic and local team Cliftonville and 12 paint bombs were recovered by police near the stadium. A community representative also destroyed two petrol bombs in the are area which are believed to have been made by children.

(Children play football beside a specially painted mural before the Champions League qualifying tie in Belfast. Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images)

In East Belfast a small amount of missiles were thrown from the Tower Street area towards Templemore Avenue. A firework was thrown from Newtownards Road towards the Templemore Avenue area at approximately 11.50pm.

In Newtownabbey a number of missiles were thrown at police lines by youths while bricks and fireworks were thrown at police in Portadown.

Police are also appealing for information following a cash in transit robbery in Newtownabbey early this morning. Two men, one with a firearm in his possession, approached cash in transit staff outside a bank on Farmley Road at about 6.45am before made off with a cash box in a silver Honda Civic car.

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