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.