Published Friday, 01 November 2013
Police kept a presence in the area throughout the night. (© UTV)
The group blocked Newry Street with burning bins on Thursday at around 10pm.
Prior to this, Scrogg Road was blocked with a burning barricade by masked youths, who attacked police with bricks and bottles shortly before 9pm.
Firefighters at the scene also came under attack. Stones were thrown at a fire engine -- a side window was broken, but no one was injured.
A statement from the PSNI said: "Following a robust policing operation calm was restored to the area at around 11pm and police maintained a presence in the area throughout the night."
Sinn Féin councillor Sean Doran has condemned the incident, saying those responsible have nothing to offer the community:
"What happened in Kilkeel on Thursday night was an orchestrated campaign by a group of people intent on causing trouble in the area.
"On one of the busiest nights for the fire services it is simply unacceptable that they be subjected to an attack from the very community they are there to assist."
Sean Rogers, the SDLP's South Down MLA, also condemned those behind the disturbances.
"On what should have been an enjoyable evening of Halloween celebrations, we had instead an evening which deteriorated into chaos.
"I am appalled that masked youths blocked the Scrogg Road and attacked police with bricks and bottles. This rioting went on for a period of two hours and could have resulted in prolonged disruption if it was not for the swift actions of the Police and Fire service.
"This kind of behaviour is utterly unacceptable and the entire community will be united no doubt in condemnation at this violent and disorderly behaviour," he added.
Meanwhile, the fire service got 166 calls and attended 124 incidents on Halloween night, the lowest figure on record.
Calls are down seven per cent on Hallowe'en last year and are one third lower than 2011's figures.
A statement from the NI Fire & Rescue Service said: "The majority of calls received so far have involved rubbish and bonfires etc. with no reports so far of any injuries to members of the public or our firefighters."
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