Belfast flag protester remanded

A prominent loyalist campaigner has been remanded in custody after appearing on charges related to recent violent protests over the flying of the Union flag in Belfast.

Police appeal for calm in Belfast

Peaceful protests in Belfast
Peaceful protests in Belfast Credit: Sarah Clarke / UTV

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has appealed to community leaders to use their influence to ensure that violent protests do not return to the streets of Belfast.

A small group of unionist protesters were driven into Belfast city centre as they continue campaign against new restrictions on flying the Union flag over City Hall.

Acting Chief Constable Will Kerr from the PSNI said "A small protest took place at the City Hall with no attempt to parade unlawfully."

"I would again appeal to civic leaders across Northern Ireland to continue to use their influence to ensure a peaceful and respectful summer."

Belfast Union flag protester remanded in custody

Two of the most high profile Union flag demonstrators have appeared in court in Northern Ireland charged with a series of offences linked to the loyalist protests.

Jamie Bryson, 23, was refused bail at Belfast Magistrates Court while Jim Dowson, 48, was granted bail on strict conditions.

Jamie Bryson has been remanded in custody

Bryson, from Co Down, has been charged with two counts of encouraging or assisting offenders and four counts of taking part in an unnotified public procession.

Dowson, who is originally from Scotland but now lives in Co Down, was charged with encouraging or assisting offenders and five counts of taking part in an unnotified public procession.

A number of the earlier demonstrations descended into violence, particularly in east Belfast, with around 140 police officers being injured.

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