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Belfast: Boris Johnson 'deeply concerned' after police attacked Belfast: Boris Johnson 'deeply concerned' after police attacked
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The gates at Lanark Way were closed by police but were at the centre of violence on Wednesday night Gates at Lanark Way were shut by police but were at the centre of violence on Wednesday
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is "deeply concerned" about scenes of violence in Northern Ireland.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he is "deeply concerned" about scenes of violence in Northern Ireland.
Police were attacked, petrol bombs thrown and a bus set on fire in another night of disorder in Belfast.Police were attacked, petrol bombs thrown and a bus set on fire in another night of disorder in Belfast.
"The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality," he said."The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality," he said.
The disturbances took place on both sides of an interface in the loyalist Shankill and nationalist Springfield Road areas of the city on Wednesday.The disturbances took place on both sides of an interface in the loyalist Shankill and nationalist Springfield Road areas of the city on Wednesday.
Forty-one police officers were injured in disturbances in parts of Northern Ireland over the Easter period, involving children as young as 13.Forty-one police officers were injured in disturbances in parts of Northern Ireland over the Easter period, involving children as young as 13.
Belfast violence: Youths attack busBelfast violence: Youths attack bus
The BBC's Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy said crowds of a few hundred on each side were throwing petrol bombs in both directions on Wednesday night. The BBC's Ireland correspondent Emma Vardy said crowds of a few hundred on each side threw petrol bombs in both directions on Wednesday night.
The disruption has been taking place close to where a number of loyalist protesters had earlier gathered. The disruption took place close to where a number of loyalist protesters had earlier gathered.
Police confirmed a vehicle was set alight at the junction of Lanark Way and the Shankill Road in the west of the city.Police confirmed a vehicle was set alight at the junction of Lanark Way and the Shankill Road in the west of the city.
Gates set alight at the peace line between between the Shankill Road and Lanark way interface in North Belfast. Crowds of a few hundred on each side throwing petrol bombs over in both directions. pic.twitter.com/LYnRmAETTYGates set alight at the peace line between between the Shankill Road and Lanark way interface in North Belfast. Crowds of a few hundred on each side throwing petrol bombs over in both directions. pic.twitter.com/LYnRmAETTY
Our correspondent said the arrival of a line of police cars interrupted the attacks over the peace wall.Our correspondent said the arrival of a line of police cars interrupted the attacks over the peace wall.
By 00:30 GMT, a few bottles were being thrown but things were calmer, said BBC correspondent Emma VardyBy 00:30 GMT, a few bottles were being thrown but things were calmer, said BBC correspondent Emma Vardy
The police and political parties have repeatedly called for calmThe police and political parties have repeatedly called for calm
Petrol bombs, fireworks and rocks were thrown over the peace wallPetrol bombs, fireworks and rocks were thrown over the peace wall
Northern Ireland's power-sharing Executive is to meet on Thursday morning to be briefed on what Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill denounced as "the violence and street disorder which is causing huge distress in local communities". Northern Ireland's power-sharing Executive will meet on Thursday to be briefed about what Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill denounced as "the violence and street disorder which is causing huge distress in local communities".
"Those involved in violence, criminal damage, manipulation of our young people and attacks on the police must stop," said Sinn Féin's vice-president."Those involved in violence, criminal damage, manipulation of our young people and attacks on the police must stop," said Sinn Féin's vice-president.
I am deeply concerned by the scenes of violence in Northern Ireland, especially attacks on PSNI who are protecting the public and businesses, attacks on a bus driver and the assault of a journalist. The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality.I am deeply concerned by the scenes of violence in Northern Ireland, especially attacks on PSNI who are protecting the public and businesses, attacks on a bus driver and the assault of a journalist. The way to resolve differences is through dialogue, not violence or criminality.
Police also confirmed they had received a report of an assault on a press photographer.Police also confirmed they had received a report of an assault on a press photographer.
The Police Federation for Northern Ireland said the violence could "set our society back years".The Police Federation for Northern Ireland said the violence could "set our society back years".
Calling for the ongoing street disorder to stop, PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne said he was "open to dialogue with anyone who is willing to work with me to resolve the issues facing our community".Calling for the ongoing street disorder to stop, PSNI Chief Constable Simon Byrne said he was "open to dialogue with anyone who is willing to work with me to resolve the issues facing our community".
Addressing the rioters, he tweeted: "Violence is not the answer."Addressing the rioters, he tweeted: "Violence is not the answer."
Drone footage shows the bus fire in the Shankill areaDrone footage shows the bus fire in the Shankill area
First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted that the violence on Wednesday was "vandalism and attempted murder" and did "not represent unionism or loyalism".First Minister Arlene Foster tweeted that the violence on Wednesday was "vandalism and attempted murder" and did "not represent unionism or loyalism".
She said the actions "only serve to take the focus off the real law breakers in Sinn Féin", and her thoughts were with the driver of the hijacked bus.She said the actions "only serve to take the focus off the real law breakers in Sinn Féin", and her thoughts were with the driver of the hijacked bus.
Police Landrovers arrived to try to block off the Springfield Road to prevent more disorder at the Lanark Way interfacePolice Landrovers arrived to try to block off the Springfield Road to prevent more disorder at the Lanark Way interface
Justice Minister Naomi Long of the Alliance Party said "these are 'real law breakers', burning buses, terrorising passengers and attacking police.Justice Minister Naomi Long of the Alliance Party said "these are 'real law breakers', burning buses, terrorising passengers and attacking police.
"Let's focus on that and getting this stopped before someone loses their life.""Let's focus on that and getting this stopped before someone loses their life."
Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken said the violence was "unacceptable and unjustified".Ulster Unionist leader Steve Aiken said the violence was "unacceptable and unjustified".
"If it does not stop now the risk is being run of someone being seriously injured or killed."
A bus was set alight at the Lanark Way and Shankill Road junctionA bus was set alight at the Lanark Way and Shankill Road junction
Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál Martin tweeted that he "utterly condemned" the violence, adding: "Now is the time for the two governments and leaders on all sides to work together to defuse tensions and restore calm."Taoiseach (Irish PM) Micheál Martin tweeted that he "utterly condemned" the violence, adding: "Now is the time for the two governments and leaders on all sides to work together to defuse tensions and restore calm."
Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the scenes were "very disturbing" and that "attacks on police, journalists and citizens must be condemned by all".Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the scenes were "very disturbing" and that "attacks on police, journalists and citizens must be condemned by all".
"There are peaceful, democratic and legal channels to address all issues and concerns. Calm and positive leadership needed from all," he said."There are peaceful, democratic and legal channels to address all issues and concerns. Calm and positive leadership needed from all," he said.
The attack on the press photographer, Kevin Scott from the Belfast Telegraph, took place on Cupar Way at 18:05 BST. The attack on the press photographer, Kevin Scott from the Belfast Telegraph, took place on Cupar Way.
Speaking to BBC News NI, Mr Scott said: "I cover everything as fairly and impartially as possible, working at both sides of the community covering both the positive and the not so positive," he said. Mr Scott told BBC News NI: "I cover everything as fairly and impartially as possible, working at both sides of the community covering both the positive and the not so positive," he said.
"I won't be deterred from covering stories that are important and note-worthy.""I won't be deterred from covering stories that are important and note-worthy."
Some damage was caused to the camera of Belfast Telegraph photo journalist Kevin ScottSome damage was caused to the camera of Belfast Telegraph photo journalist Kevin Scott
NI Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said the hijacking and attack on a bus was "sickening".NI Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said the hijacking and attack on a bus was "sickening".
"Those responsible for this and ongoing attacks on the PSNI need to stop," she tweeted."Those responsible for this and ongoing attacks on the PSNI need to stop," she tweeted.
A number of Belfast services, including the Glider buses, have been suspended.A number of Belfast services, including the Glider buses, have been suspended.
A number of tyres were set on fire at Lanark WayA number of tyres were set on fire at Lanark Way
In total, 10 arrests have been made across Northern Ireland during disorder over the past week.In total, 10 arrests have been made across Northern Ireland during disorder over the past week.
The police and political parties have repeatedly called for calm, with the Easter disturbances blamed on loyalist frustrations over a Public Prosecution Service decision not to prosecute anyone who attended the large-scale funeral of republican Bobby Storey in June 2020, as well as concerns about the NI Protocol in the Brexit deal. The Easter disturbances have been blamed on loyalist frustrations over a Public Prosecution Service decision not to prosecute people who attended the large-scale funeral of republican Bobby Storey in June 2020, as well as concerns about the NI Protocol in the Brexit deal.
The leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party, (DUP) Ulster Unionist Party (UUP), Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) and Progressive Unionist Party (PUP) have said the position of Chief Constable Simon Byrne is untenable over the PSNI's handling of the funeral. The leaders of the Democratic Unionist Party, Ulster Unionist Party, Traditional Unionist Voice and Progressive Unionist Party have said the position of Chief Constable Simon Byrne is untenable over the PSNI's handling of the funeral.
That was attended by a number of senior Sinn Féin politicians, including the deputy first minister. That event was attended by a number of senior Sinn Féin politicians, including the deputy first minister.