Loyalist Rioting in Belfast

Loyalist Paramilitaries are being blamed for the serious rioting last night in the Crumlin Road area. Reports tell of 10 cars and a bus being hijacked and set alight, petrol bombs being thrown and 40 police officers being hurt.

The trouble followed the arrest of 6 men in connection with the ongoing loyalist feud, in which three men have already been murdered.Police in riot gear went to the scene, and 11 baton rounds were fired.

Northern Ireland’s criminal justice minister David Hanson condemned the violence:

“Once again it is loyalist paramilitaries who have brought violence into loyalist areas,”