Labour call on NI Secretary to make statement on violence

The shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker has reacted to tonight's violence in Belfast:

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Another night of violence. It would not be acceptable in London, Dublin, Edinburgh or Cardiff. It should not be acceptable in Belfast.

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I have called on the Secretary of State to make an urgent statement to the House of Commons about ongoing violence in Northern Ireland.

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NI police car petrol-bombed

A police car with an officer inside was petrol-bombed outside the Belfast office of an Alliance MP in an attack by around 15 masked people. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers will make an urgent statement to the Commons this afternoon.