Meanwhile on the streets

There have renewed sectarian clashes in the Ardoyne area over the past four days. It seems to have begun on Friday with an attack on a house in Glenbryn that then grew into street disturbances. On Saturday night, a nationalist youth was assaulted in Alliance Avenue by three men wielding an iron bar and a sectarian motive is suspected. Last night, it appears to have been stone and petrol bomb attacks on Glenbryn and Twaddell followed by rival gangs clashing. In Londonderry, there have been ongoing clashes at Irish Street which included a confrontation between rival gangs at a football match and there were attacks on the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall. Text messaging and the internet site bebo are thought to have been used in organising the trouble in the Maiden City.