Hatchet used to attack officers in latest violence

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A FIFTH consecutive night of violence on Monday after flag protests, left three police officers injured, while eight people were arrested.

In a statement released on Tuesday morning, the PSNI said a hatchet was used to attack officer.

“Police can confirm that three police officers were injured and a total of eight arrests were made in relation to disorder over the Greater Belfast area on the evening of Monday, January 7,” a police spokesman said.

“In East Belfast, missiles ranging from petrol bombs, paint bombs, fireworks and heavy masonry were thrown at police officers and vehicles were attacked with hatchets and sledge hammers. Water cannon was deployed and 5 AEP’s were discharged.

“A total of 6 arrests, four men and two women, were made during the evening. Two police officers were injured. Police also received a report of an attempted car hi-jacking in the Templemore Avenue area and attempted lorry hi-jacking in the Albertbridge Road area.

“In the Dundonald area, missiles such as petrol bombs, paint bombs, fireworks and masonry were thrown at police. A car was set on fire in the Bute Park area. One man was arrested and one police officer was injured.

“A 43 year old woman was also arrested in the Yorkgate area for disorderly behaviour. She was later released pending a report to the PPS.”