About last night..

Firefighters dealt with 49 incidents at bonfires last night, coming under attack in counties Antrim and Londonderry with stones thrown at them in four incidents. Four derelict properties caght fire in east Belfast and a house and Woodstock Library were damaged by heat from bonfires and an orange lodge hall was attacked in county Antrim. Meanwhile two men were arrrested in Portadown when police were attacked with paint, petrol bombs, stones and fireworks – another report tells us that “Petrol bombs, stones, bottles and other missiles were hurled at police during the violence which police said was largely nationalist inspired.” More arrests for riotous behaviour in the New Lodge area of Belfast too and “clashes between rival groups” in the Broadway area. Plenty of references in the reports to those ubiquitous community representatives helping to restore calm..