Photographer shot amid city riot

Published Tuesday, 21 June 2011
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A press photographer has been shot during a second night of rioting in east Belfast involving hundreds of people.

Three rounds were fired and the man, who is working for the Press Association, has been taken to hospital for treatment after he was struck in the right leg at around midnight at the bottom of the Newtownards Road.

Police said the extent of his injuries are not known at this stage.

There are unconfirmed reports that the bullet was fired from the Short Strand.

Crowds gathered in the Short Strand and lower Newtownards Road areas of the city on Tuesday evening and began throwing bricks, bottles and petrol bombs - with two men suffering burn injuries.

A massive police operation swung into action with around 50 landrovers blockading Castlereagh Street and two water cannons deployed. A number of baton rounds have been fired.

Youths have attacked PSNI vehicles, throwing wheelie bins at them. One armoured vehicle had to back away after being smashed by a man armed with a mallet.

Police said the Albertbridge Road and Templemore Road are now closed and motorists are being advised to avoid the area.

UTV reporter Aideen Kennedy, who was at the scene, said the trouble started at around 9pm.

"There were missiles, including golf balls, coming from the Short Strand area and they landed at the feet of people in the lower Newtownards Road," she said.

"Then suddenly about 200 men in balaclavas came from the Lower Newtownards Road and started throwing bricks, fireworks and stones at police and into the Short Strand.

"There's a massive police presence trying to stop the trouble."

The violence comes after around 500 loyalists and nationalists rioters clashed in the area on Monday night.

Two men remain in hospital with gunshot wounds to the legs after 11 shots were fired. Another man suffered a fractured skull after he was hit by a concrete block.

The First and Deputy First Ministers have met with the PSNI Chief Constable and the Justice Minister to discuss how the matter should be handled.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
our jimmy in mars wrote (1,314 days ago):
Wise up
Jamesbelfast in Belfast wrote (1,315 days ago):
In response to Disillusioned I would wholeheartedly agree with your comments regarding literacy standards amongst many of those who riot and cause trouble. These people have had numerous opportunities to further themselves through education either children or as adults. It's there for the taking all they have to do is participate. I personally know of one community group in this area that offered free adult educational courses and not one local person applied. When are these people going to realise that either to be properly represented or engage in meaningful discussion (even with their own politicians or between themselves) they need to be able to express themselves in a credible manner. Failing to do so has left them isolated. In my opinion the man or woman who reaches for a gun or brick before lifting his/her pen has already lost their credibility.
henry in north belfast wrote (1,315 days ago):
@billy, see ya got it wrong again billy, the cops have said that the UVF started it,he said the UVF hands were all over it but then billy boy you are who you are.
tomc in Belfast wrote (1,315 days ago):
G I - Officers in those landrovers are being instructed to act as they do. The reason for their actions is down to a number of factors however, Matt Baggott, the ACCs, the Politicians, and our current stance on everybody's human rights except police officers.....those are all factors. How frustrating is it to be told to sit in the back of an armoured landrover and soak up this violence.......The system's a joke. The average man and woman on the street wants tougher action, yet no-one in control has the guts to take the decision for fear of being perceived as too heavy handed. Our police service is now perceived as weak and not in control. Well done Baggott.
PJ in derry wrote (1,315 days ago):
Legalize cannabis NI. Its as sensible solution as sending peter robinson to 'talk to them'.
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