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Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers says Loyalist thugs who have rioted for eight nights in Belfast have brought shame on the Union flag. She told the Commons that 32 police officers had been hurt and 38 people charged over the violence:
The Democratic Ulster Party's Paul Givan described the attack as despicable. He said protests should be stopped if they could not be peaceful.
PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott added it was fortunate nobody had been killed or seriously injured last night, and he praised police for doing a "magnificent" job.
The Northern Ireland Secretary, Theresa Villiers, will make a statement to the Commons this afternoon following the violence in Belfast. It follows a request by Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Vernon Coaker.
Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker says the Government needs to make an urgent statement about the violence in Northern Ireland:
The Alliance party's deputy leader Naomi Long has told Daybreak that "democracy must prevail" after a police car was petrol-bombed outside her office in Belfast last night.
She said: "My heart is broken for Northern Ireland this morning.
"I thought we were moving away from this but while my heart may be broken, my resolve is not. Democracy must prevail."
Police are treating an attack by loyalists on a police officer in Belfast last night as attempted murder.
A gang of 15 men tossed a petrol bomb into his unmarked vehicle after surrounding and smashing it outside the offices of Alliance Party MP Naomi Long.
Daybreak's Sally Lockwood reports:
A police car was petrol-bombed in Belfast while an officer was inside the vehicle, outside the Belfast office of Alliance MP Naomi Long.
A police officer was also waiting outside the vehicle. Both officers escaped unhurt.
ITV News's Marc Mallett reports: