Democratic Unionist Party councillor Ruth Patterson described the vote to remove the Union flag as "divisive, destructive and disrespectful of anything remotely Protestant, anything remotely British".
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A widespread frost across the UK as temperatures fall below freezing under clear skies.
After a vote tainted by reports of ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, Putin said Russia was ready to 'cooperate' with Britain.
Largely dry elsewhere tonight with a widespread frost and icy stretches