Northern Ireland police appeal for calm after cars set on fire in Newtownabbey

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Disturbances broke out in Newtownabbey on the second night of trouble in Northern Ireland.

Three cars were hijacked and set on fire in the loyalist O’Neill Road and Doagh Road area. A large crowd of onlookers gathered to watch the unrest late on Saturday night.

Police said on Saturday evening they were responding to reports of disorder at the Cloughfern roundabout in the O’Neill Road area of Newtownabbey. Video footage emerged of cars being burned out and a police van targeted.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) appealed for calm in the area and asked anyone with any influence in the community to try to make sure young people did not get caught up in criminality. The Police Federation for Northern Ireland called for an end to the violence, saying people destroying their own communities was “not the way to protest or vent”.

It comes after eight people were arrested and 27 police officers injured during riots in Belfast and Londonderry on Friday night. Fifteen officers were injured in Belfast, while 12 officers were hurt in Derry after being targeted by mainly young people.

In Belfast, two boys, aged 13 and 14, were among eight people arrested in connection with riots in a loyalist area of the city on Friday night. Police said on Saturday night that seven people including three teenage boys were charged with riot over the Sandy Row disturbances.

Four adults – three men aged 25, 21 and 18, and a woman aged 19 – were due to appear at Belfast magistrates court on 30 April. Three teenagers aged 17, 14 and 13 were due to appear at Belfast youth court on the same date.

Police said 15 officers were injured on Friday night after being targeted by a crowd of mainly young people in Sandy Row, who threw stones, fireworks, flares, manhole covers and petrol bombs.

The first minister, Arlene Foster, urged young people “not to get drawn into disorder”, saying violence “will not make things better”. The Democratic Unionist party leader said: “I know that many of our young people are hugely frustrated by the events of this last week but causing injury to police officers will not make things better.

“And I send my strong support to all of the rank-and-file police officers that are on duty over this Easter weekend. I appeal to our young people not to get drawn into disorder which will lead to them having criminal convictions and blighting their own lives.

“I also ask parents to play their part and be proactive in protecting their young adults.”

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