26 PSNI officers injured after being 'attacked with petrol bombs' in Belfast


26 police officers suffered injuries after being attacked while removing bonfire material in west Belfast on Saturday afternoon, the PSNI has confirmed.


Police came under attack in the Distillery Street area from large groups of youths throwing missiles, which included petrol bombs and masonry.


According to the Belfast Telegraph, officers werein attendance to support contractors who had been tasked by the landowner to remove the bonfire material.


At this point we can confirm that at least 26 officers have sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment, Superintendent Melanie Jones said.


Footage from evidence gathering cameras will be reviewed and all efforts will be made to identify those involved in the completely unacceptable violence we have seen here today.


"We will continue to work with the local community, representatives and other partners to address this issue, but it is disappointing that some young people and their guardians are not listening to our repeated warnings.


Superintendent Jones continued: People who choose to engage in criminal and anti-social behaviour must understand it is unacceptable and must stop. People have a right to live in peace and to feel safe in their communities.


Parents and guardians have an important obligation to keep young people safe by knowing where they are going and who they are with.


Young people must understand the dangers of getting involved in behaviour which could result in them injuring themselves or others, or ultimately, ending up with a criminal record, she added.