Unrest in Newtownabbey amid fears of another night of violence in NI

Modesto Morganelli
Aprile 5, 2021

Police in Northern Ireland have appealed for calm after officers were attacked with petrol bombs and cars were set on fire during a second night of unrest.

Derry City and Strabane Area Commander Chief Superintendent Darrin Jones said police received reports on Friday night of youths gathering in the areas of Nelson Drive and Tullyally in the city.

Police have appealed to motorists to avoid the Cloughfern Roundabout area of Newtownabbey.

There was also disorder in the North Road area of nearby Carrickfergus on Sunday night.

"A total of fifteen officers were injured after being subjected to a sustained attack by rioters who threw a number of objects at police, including heavy masonry, metal rods, fireworks and manhole covers".

He said it was "totally unacceptable" that Friday was the fifth successive night of disturbances in the unionist Waterside area of the city.

The violence comes after eight people were arrested and 27 police officers injured during riots in Belfast and Derry on Friday night.

Many pro-British unionists fiercely oppose the new trade barriers introduced between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom as part of Britain's departure from the European Union and have warned that their unease could lead to violence.

Tensions ramped up further this week following a controversial decision not to prosecute 24 Sinn Fein politicians for attending a large-scale republican funeral during Covid-19 restrictions.

A large crowd gathered at Cloughfern roundabout to witness the disturbance, and video footage was recorded of the cars being set on fire and a PSNI van being attacked.

All the main unionist parties have demanded the resignation of Northern Ireland's police chief over the controversy, claiming he has lost the confidence of their community.

The faction is believed to have been behind some of the weekend disturbances.

A total of 30 bombs were hurled at police in Newtownabbey, on the outskirts of Belfast on Saturday, and three cars were hijacked and set alight in what has since been termed as an "orchestrated attack".

"Throughout the evening local councillors worked very closely with police in an effort to diffuse the situation", said Mr Beck.

He added: 'We are living in unprecedented times, dealing with a global pandemic, no-one needs the added pressure of disorder in their community.

My job is to keep people safe and I would ask that anyone who has any influence in communities - whether parents, guardians, community or elected representatives - please, use that influence to ensure young people are kept safe and away from harm. Masked men threw petrol bombs and hijacked cars in the Loyalist area North of Belfast.

Four adults - three men aged 25, 21 and 18 years old, and a woman, aged 19 - have been charged with riot.

The accused will appear in Belfast Magistrates Court later this month.

The injuries included burns, head wounds and a broken leg, resulting in the arrest and charging of seven people, two of them as young as 13 and 14.

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