Northern Ireland

North Belfast: Police appeal after petrol bombs thrown

Petrol bombed house
Image caption At least three petrol bombs were thrown over the peace line into Tiger's Bay

At least three petrol bombs were thrown in north Belfast at the weekend.

No-one was injured in the attack at Hallidays Road, Tiger's Bay, at about 23:00 BST on Sunday.

The area stretches along the peace line between the nationalist New Lodge and the loyalist Tiger's Bay.

The Reverend Brian Madden said the bombs had been thrown from the New Lodge. One landed in a woman's yard among her children's toys, he said.

The minster said one of the petrol bombs caused some scorch damage to the front of the woman's house.

"It's been a long time since there have been petrol bombs thrown in that area," Mr Madden said.

"There are two kids' bikes sitting beside where the petrol bomb landed. It could have hit a child if it had happened any earlier in the evening.

"These are young families living at that peace gate, they are no threat to anyone. It is a very worrying development. We don't want any trouble, especially in the run-up to the marching season.

"We are asking people to take a step back."

Police said the petrol bombs had been taken away for further examination.

They have appealed to anyone with information about the petrol bombs to contact them.