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Police come under attack from dozens of youths in East Belfast

One officer was injured after being hit by masonry.

File photo of an attack on police in Belfast.
File photo of an attack on police in Belfast.
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

ONE OFFICER WAS injured after a crowd of as many as 60 youths attacked police in Northern Ireland.

A PSNI Land Rover also had its windscreen smashed.

An investigation is now underway to identify those involved.

A crowd of youths began to gather at Castlereagh Street in East Belfast shortly after 7pm.

Due to the concerns of local residents, and the proximity of the gathering to an interface area, police were deployed.

“These officers then became the subject of attack,”  Chief Inspector David Moore said this morning.

A range of missiles including bricks, blocks and bottles were thrown at the officers.

“One of the local Neighbourhood Sergeants was hit with masonry on the shoulder and injured.”

Moore described the incident as “totally unacceptable”.

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