Police in Northern Ireland are treating the petrol bomb thrown inside an unmarked police car with a female police officer inside, as attempted murder.

The attack happened as up to 15 loyalist supporters wearing masks smashed the back window of the car which was parked opposite Alliance Party MP Naomi Long's east Belfast office. Speaking out against the attack Ms Long said: "There is no doubt in my mind that the car was targeted because it was undertaking patrols in the vicinity of my office and I find that absolutely repugnant."

This latest attack follows 8 days of protests in Limavady, Co Londonderry, Ballyclare, Co Antrim, Ballycastle, Co Antrim, and Cookstown, Co Tyrone, where the car of a DUP member of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Ian McCrea, was surrounded by angry loyalists. Against a decision to restrict the flying of the Union Flag at Belfast City Hall.

The violence is to be raised in the House of Commons later on Tuesday. Meanwhile police are appealing for any witnesses.

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