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Police pelted with bricks and bottles in Belfast by masked gang

One officer was injured when the gang blocked a road and threw projectiles at police officers during a disturbance in Belfast.

File photo of PSNI officers in riot gear in Belfast
File photo of PSNI officers in riot gear in Belfast
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire

ONE PSNI OFFICER has been injured after a masked group pelted police with bricks and bottles in Belfast last night.

The gang of young people set bins on fire and carried out a ‘sustained attack’ on police after they blocked a road at around 8 o’clock last night, the PSNI said.

Officers carried out what they described as a “robust policing operation” to restore calm to the Donegall Road area of South Belfast by 10pm.

One 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the public disorder and has since been released. The injured police officer sustained minor injuries.

Police investigating the flags protests and resulting riots warned that anyone who engages in illegal activity will face prosecution.

“Detectives from the Operation Dulcet team [which is investigating flags protests] have been clear from the outset that there will be consequences for individuals who engage in illegal activity,” the PSNI said in a statement this morning.

“The PSNI have and will continue to make people amenable to the courts and will be carrying out further enquiries to identify those involved in the disorder”.

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