Vehicles were hijacked and torched in Dundonald last night after several Chinese takeaways ran out of salted chilli chicken.
Masked men hijacked a bus and set it on fire, police said, in one of several incidents unfolding across the town during a night of unparalleled disorder.
Trouble erupted in the civil parish after it emerged all of the town’s Chinese takeaways ran out of the popular dish.
Locals took to the streets to vent their anger in what has been described as the worst violence Dundonald has seen since McDonald’s discontinued the McRib in 1996.
Salted chilli chicken became a staple of the Dundonald diet immediately after its introduction in 2007.
A recent survey carried out by the Dundonald Institute of Silly Studies in 2017 found that 7 in 10 people here ate between 15-18 salted chilli chicken based meals per week.
The dangerously salty dish was also very popular with Dundonald’s school children who voted it to be their favourite food ahead of both ‘sweetie fegs’ and shandy in a recent poll.
Community representative, Barry Rice, believes the salted chilli chicken shortage might only be the tip of the iceberg for some disgruntled locals.
‘It’s not just the salted chilli chicken, it’s loads of things’, moaned Barry while scratching a political tattoo on his forearm.
‘Like the other night the shops had f**k all Amber Leaf left’.
‘What next? The offies running out of Bucky? Not on my watch’.
The PSNI are appealing for calm as officers gear up for a second night of violence.
‘We would ask parents to know where their children are at all times. You don’t want the wee d**ks going into school tomorrow wreaking of petrol’, said Sgt Rob Banks