02 July 2005

Children injured in car stoning


Cars were attacked after leaving parade

Two children have been taken to hospital after stonethrowers attacked cars in the Markets area of Belfast.

They were covered in glass after the window of the car they were in was smashed. However, they were not seriously injured.

Eyewitnesses said a crowd of youths, some armed with hurling sticks, attacked several cars.

The driver of the car - who did not want to be identified - said it had been a frightening experience.

He said his 10-year-old child was sitting beside the window which was smashed.

He said those involved in the attack were aged about 10 or 11, but said older people were standing nearby with hurling sticks.

The vehicles were being driven by people leaving the mini Twelfth parade in east Belfast.

There was a major security presence for the march - particularly at the flashpoint area near the Short Strand- but it passed off peacefully.

Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey said there was no excuse for the attack on the cars.

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