Belfast protests: Three arrests

A man and two teenagers have been arrested in Belfast during protests over the Union flag controversy.

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Flag to fly over Belfast City Hall to mark royal birthday

The Union flag is set to fly over Belfast's City Hall today to mark a royal birthday. Loyalists are expected to stage a protest as the flag is hoisted for the second time since city councillors voted to restrict the number of days it can be raised to 18.

The flag will be raised to mark the 48th birthday of the Earl of Wessex's wife Sophie.Last night a man and two teenage boys were arrested in east Belfast during protests over the flag controversy.

The 30-year-old man was arrested on the lower Newtownards Road on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and provocative conduct. Earlier there was a heavy police presence as hundreds of people attended a peaceful demonstration at the city hall.

Three arrested over Belfast flag protests

A man and two teenagers have been arrested in Belfast during protests over the Union flag controversy.

The PSNI said a 30-year-old man was arrested in east Belfast on suspicion of disorderly behaviour and provocative conduct.

Two teenagers, aged 15 and 18, were also detained on suspicion of riotous assembly.

The protests in east Belfast have ended and all roads have reopened to traffic.

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Protests continue in Belfast over Union flag

Protests are ongoing in Belfast over restrictions placed on the flying of the Union flag at City Hall, but ITV News staff on the ground report that the situation in Carrickfergus is currently peaceful.

Police and protesters
Police and protesters have not clashed this evening. Credit: ITV News
Police in Carrickfergus
A blocked road in Carrickfergus is cleared by police. Credit: ITV News
Police and protesters
Police officers keep an eye on protesters. Credit: ITV News

Strong police presence in Belfast ahead of march

Approximately 600 protesters marching from East Belfast towards the centre of town.
Approximately 600 protesters marching from East Belfast towards the centre of town. Credit: ITV News

There is a significant police operation to maintain control over a protest march in Belfast over the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.

Police vehicles on standby in Belfast
Police vehicles on standby in Belfast Credit: ITV News/John Cook

Demonstrators are still in east Belfast and are not being allowed near the scene of last week's violence.

The crowd walking into Belfast City centre
The crowd walking into Belfast City centre Credit: ITV News

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BBC presenter targeted in Belfast flag protests

BBC Television and Radior presenter Stephen Nolan Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

BBC Television and Radio presenter Stephen Nolan could be targeted in the Belfast flag protests by loyalists planning to stage a protest outside BBC offices.

Protesters have been using social media sites to organise a picket outside the Blackstaff studios while the Stephen Nolan television show is being filmed tonight.

They claim to be unhappy with some of the material that has been broadcast by the corporation.

Three arrested after Belfast trouble as PSNI 'put safety first'

Police later said a 17-year-old was arrested during the east Belfast trouble. Two other men, aged 70 and 26 were detained in a separate incident connected to disorder which followed a flag protest in the Great Victoria Street area.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable revealed his commanders on the ground were revising their tactics, but said sweeping protesters off the streets was not a realistic option:

Even when the PSNI was 12,000 strong it would not have been possible to take such a rigid approach towards protests. Our approach has always been to be measured and responsible.

We have simply to put public safety first.

Rioters hijack two buses is more Ulster violence

A driver was injured when rioting loyalists hijacked two buses in a new outbreak of violence in east Belfast tonight.

Great Victoria Street in Belfast
Great Victoria Street in Belfast Credit: ITV News/ Tim Mercer

Police were attacked with stones and bottles and petrol bombs thrown at houses and a church in the neighbouring Catholic Short Strand district where people attending a special needs meeting fled in terror.

The driver was believed hurt by flying glass when a brick was thrown through his window in the lower Newtownards Road area.

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