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police injured Over 40 PSNI officers hurt in recent violent loyalist attacks across Northern Ireland

Injuries follow attacks on police in Derry, Newtownabbey, Carrickfergus, Belfast and Ballymena

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PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 06/04/2021
There have been trouble on North Road  Carrickfergus into the early hours of Tuesday Morning, in another night  disturbances.

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 06/04/2021 There have been trouble on North Road Carrickfergus into the early hours of Tuesday Morning, in another night disturbances.

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 06/04/2021 There have been trouble on North Road Carrickfergus into the early hours of Tuesday Morning, in another night disturbances.

A total of 41 PSNI officers have been injured as a result of violence in Northern Ireland in the last few days it has been confirmed.

Yesterday petrol bombs were thrown at police in Carrickfergus, while there was also violent unrest in Ballymena, Newtownabbey, and Derry.

It is understood the violence in Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey was largely orchestrated by the South East Antrim brigade of the UDA.

Ten arrests have been made during the disorder in total.

It has also emerged that the M2 motorway close to Ballymena had to be closed for some time after material was strewn across it.

In Portadown a loyalist band marched through the Jervis Street area accompanied by a large group of supporters. The parade had not been reported to the Parades Commission.

The violence came in response to loyalist anger about the terms of the Northern Ireland protocol coupled with last week's news that the PPS would not be pursuing Sinn Fein members over alleged breaches of coronavirus regulations at last summer's funeral of Republican Bobby Storey.

Speaking of the unrest in Derry, Derry and Strabane District Commander of the PSNI, Darrin Jones, condemned what he said were “disgraceful scenes during which cars were set on fire and property damaged”.

He added: “This is reckless and criminal behaviour, and it has to stop. It is absolutely appalling and achieved nothing except harm to our community.

“I will continue to appeal to those in our community with influence to do what they can to stop this senseless behaviour.

"I would also appeal directly to parents and guardians to know where their children are and what they are doing to ensure they do not get caught up in criminality and that they are kept safe and away from harm.

“I would appeal to everyone in the area to help defuse any local tensions and prevent any further disorder.”

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