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Violent clashes Images emerge of youths throwing missiles at PSNI in further Belfast disorder

Clashes took place in the Sandy Row area

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Violence broke out on the streets of Ulster last night

Violence broke out on the streets of Ulster last night

Violence broke out on the streets of Ulster last night

Images have emerged of youths throwing missiles at the police in Belfast as violence erupted again on the streets of Northern Ireland last night. 

The trouble broke out in the Sandy Row area of south Belfast yesterday evening shortly before 8pm and lasted for around two hours, with burning bins being strewn across the road.

It is understood the violence erupted after crowds of youths had gathered in the area.

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Bins and tyres were set on fire by the youths

Bins and tyres were set on fire by the youths

Bins and tyres were set on fire by the youths

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Officers were deployed to Sandy Row shortly before 8pm on Friday evening after small groups of masked youths had gathered in the area.

"Minor disorder continued for a period of time with missiles thrown at police and burning tyres and bins placed on the road. There were no reports of any injuries as a result of the disorder and the area was cleared and declared calm by 10:30pm."

Rioting marred the Donegall Road, Sandy Row and Shaftesbury Square areas recently during loyalist unrest in opposition to the Northern Ireland protocol and the decision of the PPS not to prosecute senior members of Sinn Fein over alleged Covid-19 regulation breaches at the funeral of IRA man Bobby Storey.

Almost 100 officers were injured in the rioting which saw children as young as 13 arrested.

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