NI riots unacceptable, says Cameron
Jul 14 2010
Violent attacks on the police in Northern Ireland by rioters have been branded "completely unacceptable" by the Prime Minister.
After a third night of trouble, Mr Cameron paid tribute to the "restraint" and bravery shown by the police as they came under attack.
He said more than 80 police officers had been injured in the rioting but insisted policing was now a devolved issue and it should be left to politicians in Northern Ireland to "give the lead" in dealing with the violence.
Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman pledged her party would continue to support and work with the Government in its efforts to ensure a "peaceful future" for the people of Northern Ireland.
Police came under renewed attack from rioters on Tuesday night as Northern Ireland's First Minister and Deputy First Minister condemned those behind the violence.
In Ardoyne, the scene of Monday night's major disturbances, a number of petrol bombs were thrown at police, who responded with water cannon.
Ms Harman said it was now "highly unusual" for people in Belfast to see such violence on their streets, but added: "Everyone will be worried about the events of recent days.
"Can you update the House and tell us what discussions you have had with the First Minister (Peter Robinson) and Deputy First Minister (Martin McGuinness) and join me in paying tribute to the professionalism and bravery of the men and women of the Police Service of Northern Ireland."
Mr Cameron said he would join her in paying tribute to the police service.
"Anyone who watched what they did or who has had, like I had, a briefing from David Ford, the Policing and Justice Minister, knows they acted with real restraint in what they did," he said.