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Fifth night of Belfast violence

A number of petrol bombs thrown at police and two vehicles set on fire.

A woman walks past a burnt out car in the Mount Vernon area of north Belfast on Tuesday.
A woman walks past a burnt out car in the Mount Vernon area of north Belfast on Tuesday.
Image: Peter Morrison/AP/PA Images

THERE WERE FURTHER violent scenes in north and east Belfast last night with a number of petrol bombs thrown at police and two vehicles set on fire.

In the fifth night of disturbances, violence was concentrated in the areas of North Queen Street and the O’Neil Road in Newtownabbey with pockets of disorder in Mount Vernon and Woodvale Road.

A 29 year old man who was yesterday charged with the possession of a petrol bomb and resisting police will appear before Belfast Magistrates Court today.

Meanwhile, Stormont assembly members yesterday passed a  motion criticising the decision of the Parades Commission to ban a planned Orange Order march in the Ardoyne area of Belfast. The motion was proposed by the DUP with leader and First Minister Peter Robinson describing the decision as a  ”lawful but illogical determination”.

A Sinn Féin motion which supported the decision and called for dialogue between march organisers and nationalist residents was narrowly defeated.

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