Third night of disturbances in north Belfast

Tuesday 04 September 2012 22.47
There have been two nights of violence in Belfast's Carlisle Circus area
There have been two nights of violence in Belfast's Carlisle Circus area

Police in north Belfast are dealing with a third night of disturbances around the Carlisle Circus area.

A spokesperson for the PSNI has said missiles, including fireworks, have been thrown at officers.

It is understood that up to 200 people are involved in disturbances at Denmark Street and the Antrim Road.

The violence has led to a number of road closures.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

PSNI had earlier established a significant presence in the area following two nights of rioting.

Over 60 officers have been hurt during recent sectarian trouble, which centres on a dispute over parades.

During the violence last night PSNI officers fired six plastic baton rounds and water cannons to disperse the crowds.

A van was hijacked on Denmark Street, which was pushed towards police lines.

Protesters threw petrol bombs, fireworks, bricks and stones at officers trying to separate rival groups in the Carlisle Circus area.

This evening, five people have been charged in relation to the violence.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with riotous assembly, resisting police, possession of an article with blade or point in a public place, indecent behaviour and three counts of assault on police.

An 18-year-old man has been charged with riotous assembly and three counts of assault on police.

A 20-year-old man has been charged with riotous assembly.

They are all expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court tomorrow.

Two male youths, aged 15 and 17, have been charged with riotous assembly. They are expected to appear before Belfast Youth Court in the morning.

Around 47 PSNI officers were injured rioting on Sunday after a dispute over the rights of both communities to hold parades in the area.