2 Jul 2011

Violence flares again in Belfast

3:14 pm on 2 July 2011

Northern Irish police have been dealing with rioting on the streets of Belfast after trouble flared following a Protestant march through the city.

They say police vehicles have been damaged and missiles hurled at officers trying to restore order.

The rioting broke out in east Belfast, a predominantly Protestant sector of the Northern Irish capital, following the parade.

Police used rubber bullets and a water cannon to try and disperse the crowds.

Police officers were working with community leaders and advising members of the public "to avoid the area as they work to restore calm".

Northern Ireland saw some of its worst sectarian violence in years last week, focused on a Catholic enclave in east Belfast.