Three injured in Belfast rioting

TWO police officers and a paramedic were injured last night, as sectarian fighting broke out in flashpoint areas of Belfast.

Up to 200 rival Catholics and Protestants threw stones, bottles and fireworks as the disorder erupted in the Limestone Road area in the north of the city.

Police were also called to deal with major trouble in the nearby White City and Longlands interface, following yesterday’s high-tension Rangers and Celtic football match.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman confirmed two officers were wounded in the clashes.

One suffered a blow to the head and the other sustained leg injuries. Neither were thought to be serious.

He added: “Damage was caused to an ambulance, and police are investigating reports that one of the ambulance crew is receiving hospital treatment for glass in his eye.”

There were also reports of trouble between nationalist and loyalist gangs along the peace lines in east Belfast.

The fighting was centred around the Madrid Street and Bryson Street areas.

Earlier, disturbances had broken out in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

Up to 60 youths were involved in confrontations in Market Street following the match.

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