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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PSNI: Four officers injured in Belfast flag unrest

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Police can confirm that four officers have been injured in disorder in Castlereagh St area this afternoon. Water cannon has been deployed.

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Police continue to advise members of the public to avoid the Albertbridge Road, Castlereagh Street and Templemore Avenue areas.

Non-lethal rounds fired by police during flag protests

Riot police have fired one non-lethal round during protests over the restrictions on the flying of the flag in Belfast, a Police Service of Northern Ireland spokesman said.

The two police officers attacked earlier, were taken to hospital for treatment, after being injured in the Castlereagh Street area of East Belfast. Officers moved in to separate the crowds, but the trouble in continuing.

Earlier, nearly 1,000 people gathered at Belfast City Hall to protest. Some roads in the city centre have been closed and police are advising motorists to avoid the area.

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Police attacked in Belfast flag protests

Policed have come under attack during fresh violence linked to the Union flag in Belfast. Bricks, bottles, and other missiles were hurled in east Belfast this afternoon, an eyewitness said.

The Union flag flying over Belfast City Hall. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

Trouble erupted close to a nationalist interface as loyalists were returning from a city centre protest.

Political leaders from Belfast, Dublin and London are due to gather next week to discuss the unrest over restrictions on the flying of the flag from Belfast City Hall.

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