Third night of Belfast clashes

Police have come under attack in a third night of disturbances in Belfast. Fifteen police officers were hurt last night.

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Fireworks thrown at Belfast police

Police officers in Belfast were pelted with fireworks and bricks in the Carlisle Circus area in the north of the city tonight.

Terry Spence, chairman of the Northern Ireland Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said: "Their bravery and courage is in stark contrast to that of the cowardly thugs responsible for trying to murder them."

Fireworks and bricks thrown at police in Belfast

Police have come under attack in a third night of disturbances in Belfast.

Officers were pelted with fireworks and bricks in the Carlisle Circus area in the north of the city.

Riots around the same location over recent nights have left more than 60 officers injured.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr said: "Northern Ireland cannot afford an 11th hour solution."

The senior officer expressed fears that lives could be lost if the issue is not resolved.

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Police attacked in North Belfast for third night

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'No place' for Northern Ireland violence

It is the bravery and determination of the security forces which has held Northern Ireland together at times like this. There can be no excuse for the violence which we have witnessed in North Belfast over the last two nights. Huge strides forward have been made in the province over the last ten years and there is no place for this kind of activity. Nor is there a place for any kind of paramilitary activity or sectarianism.

– Laurence Robertson, chair of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee of MPs

Rioters are 'cowardly thugs' according to police

One man is arrested during Monday night's riot

Terry Spence, chairman of the Northern Ireland Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said that the "bravery and courage" of the police stood in "stark contrast to that of the cowardly thugs responsible for trying to murder them."

The disorder in North Belfast on Monday came after 47 police officers were injured on Sunday night during riots linked to a republican parade nearby and a loyalist protest.

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