Northern Ireland

Police injured during west Belfast trouble

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Media captionMissiles, including petrol and paint bombs, were thrown at police.

Nine police officers have been injured during rioting near the Park Centre shopping mall in west Belfast on Tuesday.

The trouble started at the nearby Broadway roundabout.

Police said 21 petrol bombs and other missiles were thrown at officers by a crowd of around 100 people.

A PSNI spokesperson said it was not believed the violence was orchestrated and the area was calm again by midnight.

The spokesperson praised the work of local community representatives in restoring calm and added that the disorder was by "local criminal elements" wanting to take advantage of tensions in the Black Mountain area.

Earlier on Tuesday, a man was taken to hospital after being injured in a disturbance on Black Mountain in west Belfast.

Image caption Nine officers were injured during the disturbance

A large Irish Tricolour had earlier been put up on the mountain and some loyalists tried to remove it.

Republicans said the man who was injured had been "guarding" the flag, which they said was a protest against the Queen's visit to Northern Ireland.

A small crowd of loyalists later gathered at the Ballygomartin Road some distance away.

A police land rover was sent to the scene and the PSNI helicopter circled overhead.

The police have said they are continuing to monitor the situation and are working closely with community representatives.

The man's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.