Northern Ireland

Police in east Belfast injured in 'attacked by about 60 youths'

A police officer has been injured during an attack by about 60 youths in east Belfast on Sunday, the Police Service of Northern Ireland has said.

One officer was hit on the shoulder by masonry after bricks, blocks and bottles were thrown at officers.

The windscreen of a police Land Rover was broken.

Ch Insp David Moore said neighbourhood officers were deployed when the youths gathered in Castlereagh Street, because of the proximity to an interface area.

The officers were called to the scene shortly after 19:00GMT.

"This behaviour is totally unacceptable and a police investigation has begun to identify youths involved," Ch Insp Moore added.

"Since April 2014, there have been approximately 60 arrests for interface-related disorder in east Belfast."