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Homes attacked, petrol bombs thrown in third night of Belfast disorder

Police says it is lucky nobody has been hurt.

HOMES WERE ATTACKED and an elderly woman treated for shock in a third night of disorder in east Belfast.

PSNI representatives say that at various times throughout yesterday, evening crowds gathered in the areas of Beersbridge Road, Foxglove Street, Castlereagh Street, Templemore Avenue and Newtownards Road.

Fireworks, bottles, petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at police patrols.

Chief Inspector David Moore said that it was lucky no civilians were hurt, but an officer did receive an injury.

“There were two reports of windows being broken in houses in the Short Strand area. An elderly woman lives in one of the houses and a young mother and her young son live in the other. It is very fortunate that no one received any injuries in these attacks.

“Petrol bombs and fireworks were also thrown at a Church on the Newtownards Road. It is not believed that any damage has been caused to the church.

“Again this morning I have another officer hurt after receiving an injury to his leg as a result of being hit by masonry.”

Moore said the police were “extremely keen “to hear from anyone who may have any information about any of this disorder.

Anyone who has any information should contact their local police on the non emergency number 101.

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