Government urged to make statement over Belfast violence

Shadow Northern Ireland secretary Vernon Coaker says the Government needs to make an urgent statement about the violence in Northern Ireland:

Loyalist paramilitaries have been involved in orchestrating sustained rioting and tonight [Monday] a group of masked men tried to murder police officers by throwing a petrol bomb into a police car.

On Friday, dissident republican paramilitaries were apprehended with a rocket destined for use in an attack against the police. Violence night after night would not be tolerated in London, Dublin, Cardiff or Edinburgh. It should not be tolerated in Belfast.

A clear and strong political response at Westminster is needed. The House of Commons urgently needs to discuss what is happening in Northern Ireland, and the Secretary of State should make a statement about the steps the Government are taking.

– Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary, Vernon Coaker

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Police attack 'attempted murder'

Police say they are treating an attack by loyalists on a police officer in Belfast on Monday night as attempted murder. A gang threw a petrol bomb into his unmarked vehicle after surrounding and smashing it.