Stones thrown at teens in Belfast

Published Thursday, 07 February 2013
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Police are investigating a suspected sectarian attack on a group of teenagers outside a cross-community facility in Belfast.

Stones thrown at teens in Belfast
Sectarian abuse was allegedly shouted at the group. (© UTV)

Stones were thrown at the boys and girls as they left the Forthspring Centre on the Springfield Road, at around 8.15pm on Wednesday.

North Belfast MLA William Humphrey said some of the group were hit on the back as they fled through an alleyway.

"These Protestant teenagers were leaving the Forthspring Centre after attending a meeting," the DUP representative said.

"They were effectively ambushed by a group of around 10 nationalist youths who were waiting for them to emerge and who threw rocks and bottles at them and shouted sectarian abuse.

"At least one girl was hit on the back with a rock. These Protestant youths had to get away via a rear alleyway as the interface gate at Workman Avenue. The young people were terrified by the ordeal and were left very badly shaken."

Police said they are following a definite line of inquiry and asked anyone who was in the area at the time or who witnessed the incident to come forward.

A statement said: "Police in Grosvenor Road are appealing for information following the report of a sectarian attack in the Springfield Road area on Wednesday.

"It was reported that at around 8.15pm a group of teenagers were attacked by a group of youths throwing stones. There were no reports of any injuries.

"Police are following a definite line of enquiry and would ask anyone who witnessed this incident to contact them at Grosvenor Road on 0845 600 8000."

© UTV News
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16 Comments
Belfast in Belfast wrote (431 days ago):
As a Catholic I am completely disgusted at this story. I, like many others, want a shared future and attacks like this are totally undefencable. Shame on the attackers!
Gerard in Belfast wrote (431 days ago):
I think "Michael" would be best served getting a new line in rhetoric as hes used that current one so many times its now redundant. Apparently hes unaware it usually takes several hours for comments to appear.
wiilliam in coleraine wrote (431 days ago):
ryan these are misguided children not thugs, failed and encouraged by their community. maybe if these children were not encouraged to hate orange order parades and protestants walking on roads then this sort of thing wouldnt happen. i would never condemn children
Ruaidhri James in Omagh wrote (432 days ago):
Absolutely sickening attack on innocent children. As a Republican and a Socialist its hard to imagine how people could stoop so low. Complete condemnation
carlo in Belfast. wrote (432 days ago):
Firstly i must say its horrible that this happens. It happens on both sides of the community. Those getting on here accusing the cops and pointing at one side or another are the same people who will be deadly silent when nationalist younsters are attacked. Sad state of affairs. These type of attacks have been going on for years and are rarely reported. A favourite has always been the smashing the windows of school buses. These kind of attacks are carried out by small minorities of messed up youths, all struggling for identity and recognition amongst their peers. This will not stop overnight and even 'community representitives' (ie: paramilitaries)will not stop it, kids have no respect for them either (thankfully). In each community across NI we have the small number of people using news stories to promote the theory that the world is biased against thier community (they probably believe it themselves), this in turn is purveyed to youngsters and the impulse is to riot, fight.
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