More police officers injured in Irish rioting

Fifteen police officers have been injured in a second night of serious disorder in Belfast.

Three were taken to hospital during trouble that saw rioters throw 15 petrol bombs at police lines in the Carlisle Circus area in the north of the city.

Officers used water cannon and fired six baton rounds at the crowds as troubled flared last night. Rioters also hurled stones, bottles, fireworks and rocks and hijacked a van before pushing it towards police lines.

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The extent of the injuries sustained by the police officers taken to hospital is not yet known.

The latest disorder came after 47 Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officers were injured on Sunday night during riots linked to a republican parade nearby and a loyalist protest.

Assistant Chief Constable Will Kerr called on all those with influence to urgently use it to bring a resolution to the violence and work towards a longer-term solution in the area.