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Man arrested over riot shooting

Police arrest a man in the Ardoyne area
The man was arrested in connection with a shooting incident

Detectives investigating a gun attack on police during rioting in north Belfast on Monday have arrested a 28-year-old man.

Supporters of the arrested man staged a peaceful protest outside Antrim Road police station. It has now ended.

There was trouble in Ardoyne after dissident republicans tried to disrupt a loyalist Twelfth of July parade.

Police were attacked again in Ardoyne on Tuesday night by a crowd throwing petrol bombs and other missiles.

A crowd of up to 100 people rioted at Brompton Park.

Local Sinn Fein representative Margaret McLenaghan described the trouble on Tuesday night as a continuation of the previous evening's rioting.

"Young ones are being encouraged by adults, some of them from within this community," she said.

"These adults don't have any sort of a peace strategy, they don't know where they're going and they're going to end up getting one of these children killed."


On Monday night, the trouble left a total of 21 police officers injured.

Blast bombs, fireworks, stones and other missiles were thrown by republicans during the disturbances.

Police under attack in north Belfast
Police came under attack in north Belfast for a second night

Officers responded with 18 baton rounds and water cannon.

Sinn Fein blamed the Real IRA but the 32 County Sovereignty Movement, which is linked to the dissident group, refuted the claim.

Elsewhere, on Tuesday night, paint was thrown at police investigating reports of stones being thrown in the Lower Newtownards Road area of east Belfast.

Some windows were broken at houses in Pitt Parade as a result of the stone-throwing.

Ulster Unionist councillor Michael Copeland said a pregnant woman who lived in the house which sustained the most damage was left in a "shocked and distressed state".

"Occurrences such as this serve no purpose other than those who have formulated trouble in areas such as the Ardoyne, Randalstown and Ballymena over the past few days," he said.

Police arrest a man in the Ardoyne area
The man was arrested in connection with a shooting incident


Sinn Fein east Belfast representative Niall O Donnghaile said the trouble had been caused by a small number of youths on both sides.

"It was wrong and I condemn it. I saw the community in the Short Strand coming out like they never had before to tell an essentially anti-social element that residents wouldn't tolerate it," he said.

"What you have here is a small number of youths holding an area to ransom."

A bus bringing Crusaders Football Club supporters back from their Europa League match against FK Rabotnicki at Mourneview Park was attacked in Sloan Street, Lurgan.

A club spokesman said three petrol bombs and stones were thrown at the bus which was taking women, children and pensioners back from the game.

"Two of the petrol bombs missed and one hit the rear passenger side causing scorch damage, two windows on the bus were also broken," he said.

"The people on the bus were not injured, but were left very shaken."

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