Northern Ireland Police Attacked With Petrol Bombs in Another Night of Disorder

Police in some parts of Northern Ireland have been attacked in another night of disorder on April 4 amid tensions within the loyalist community due to post-Brexit trading arrangements.

Petrol bombs, bricks, and bottles were thrown at police officers in loyalist areas in Newtownabbey on the outskirts of Belfast for the second night in a row.

Disorder also occurred at the Cloughfern roundabout in the O’Neill Road area, as well as in the North Road area in Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

The disorder came as tensions over post-Brexit trading arrangements — which loyalists and unionists claim have created barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom — have soared in recent months, causing disorder in some parts of the province since last week.

Last April 3, North Area Commander Chief Superintendent Davy Beck said that 30 petrol bombs were thrown at officers and three vehicles were hijacked and set on fire in Newtownabbey in what he described as an “orchestrated attack on police.”

“No one, no matter what line of work they are in, deserves to be subjected to any kind of violence,” Beck said.

“We are living in unprecedented times, dealing with a global pandemic, no one needs the added pressure of disorder in their community,” Beck said, calling for those who take to the streets to “stop immediately.”

“Their actions are causing nothing but harm and distress to the very communities they claim they are representing,” Beck said.

Beck also said that a crowd of 20 to 30 people, consisting of young people and older men, some of whom were wearing masks, gathered at the Cloughfern roundabout.

According to the police, several people, including teenagers, have been charged with riot and were due to appear in court following the nights of disorder.

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