Calls for calm following another violent night in Northern Ireland

Monday, April 5

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Violence flared in another night of attacks on police in Northern Ireland.

Petrol bombs were thrown at police in Carrickfergus, County Antrim, on Sunday night, and bins were set alight.

Police were also attacked with bricks and bottles in nearby Newtownabbey for the second night in a row.

Chairman of the Police Federation of NI, Mark Lindsay, said rank-and-file police officers "do not feel that they deserve this sort of treatment".

 It is "very disappointing" that police are "still on the receiving end of petrol bombs and heavy masonry", Mr Lindsay told BBC Radio 5 Live.

 The Policing Board tweeted that it was thinking of the officers who had come under attack.

Mr Lindsay told the BBC that said police officers are "day and daily out there, helping society".

It follows a weekend of violence, in which 27 police officers were injured in Belfast and Derry on Friday.

On Saturday night, there were disturbances in Newtownabbey, on the outskirts of Belfast.

It involved three vehicles being hijacked and set alight, and thirty petrol bombs being thrown at police, at Cloughfern roundabout in the O'Neill Road area.

Police described the violence as an "orchestrated attack on police".

A number of people have been charged over the incidents.