At the very least 26 cops have been injured after being attacked by “giant teams of youths” throwing petrol bombs and different missiles in Belfast.
The Police Service of Northern Eire (PSNI) stated officers had attended the Distillery Road space of the town on Saturday afternoon to help contractors tasked to take away bonfire materials.
Officers got here underneath “underneath sustained assault from giant teams of youths throwing petrol bombs, masonry and different missiles in direction of police”, Superintendent Melanie Jones stated.
“At this level we will affirm that at the very least 26 officers have sustained accidents and are at the moment receiving remedy,” she stated.
“Footage from proof gathering cameras will probably be reviewed and all efforts will probably be made to establish these concerned within the utterly unacceptable violence we’ve seen right here right this moment.”
The operation was the second bonfire removing in as many days after police have been focused with missiles within the Decrease Falls space on Friday, the Belfast Telegraph reported.
No officers suffered accidents throughout that operation, the newspaper stated.
Bonfires are being gathered throughout Northern Eire to mark the anniversary of internment later this month, it added.
Supt Jones stated police had labored with the local people “however it’s disappointing that some younger individuals and their guardians aren’t listening to our repeated warnings”.
She added: “Individuals who select to have interaction in prison and anti-social behaviour should perceive it’s unacceptable and should cease. Folks have a proper to stay in peace and to really feel secure of their communities.
“Dad and mom and guardians have an necessary obligation to maintain younger individuals secure by understanding the place they’re going and who they’re with.
“Younger individuals should perceive the risks of getting concerned in behaviour which may lead to them injuring themselves or others, or finally, ending up with a prison report.”