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Violent scenes at Cloughfern Corner

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VIOLENT scenes erupted at Cloughfern Corner on Friday, January 11.

Shortly before a Loyalist flag protest at 6pm a bus was hijacked and set on fire at the entrance to the Rathfern estate.

Police were then attacked with stones, fireworks, bricks, paint bombs and petrol bombs during nearly three-and-a-half hours of trouble.

Around 30 people were directly involved in the violence and children, some thought to be as young as 12, were seen throwing missiles at police while hundreds more watched on.

Images of the violence were beamed around the globe as members of the world’s media gathered at Cloughfern Corner to witness the scenes of destruction and recreational rioting.

Organisers of the protest at Cloughfern said their event had been “hijacked” by rioters and that the protest was called off.

Protests were also held in Ballyclare and Glengormley on Friday evening, however, they passed off without incident.

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