'Up to 40' in fight at Ormeau Bridge

Published Saturday, 12 July 2014
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Up to 40 people were involved in fights between nationalist and loyalist factions in south Belfast on the Eleventh Night.

'Up to 40' in fight at Ormeau Bridge
Police in the Ormeau Bridge area on Saturday morning. (© UTV)

A man aged 28 had to be taken to hospital for treatment after he was stabbed during clashes between rival gangs on the Ormeau Bridge which started at around 3.10am on Saturday.

Police were called to separate the two groups at around 3.30am. Officers remained in the area for several hours to ensure the situation remained calm.

The man who was taken to hospital is not believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

Alliance MLA Anna Lo condemned the trouble, adding: "I am shocked that this sectarian fight has taken place in south Belfast.

"Those who took part should be ashamed of themselves. I would appeal for calm in the area and urge people not to get involved in such behaviour. This sort of incident can do damage to community relations in the area but I hope we will not see a repeat of such activity."

Anyone with more information on this incident has been asked to contact the PSNI.

© UTV News
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3 Comments
WTF in Ards wrote (11 days ago):
Good idea Sean.....let's start by removing all the tricolours in Northern Ireland for starters then.....as a sign of good faith.
graham in cookstown wrote (12 days ago):
flags=Trouble
Sean og in co Down wrote (13 days ago):
Tension has been building in this area due to loyalists putting up their unwanted flags along the Ormeau Rd which is an area which has a majority nationalist residents. The PSNI need to take control of this situation and take the flags down. A shared future means no flags at all?!?!?
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