Petrol bomb thrown at police in Belfast

A petrol bomb has been thrown at police during loyalist disturbances linked to the Union flag protest in Northern Ireland.

A PSNI spokesman said officers came under attack north of Belfast in the Newtownabbey area.

Sporadic trouble has erupted for eight weeks linked to Belfast City Council's decision to only fly the flag on designated days like royal birthdays.

A series of protests blocked roads around Belfast tonight but most were non-violent and police said the routes had reopened.

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Petrol bomb attack on police

Police officers north of Belfast in the Newtownabbey area have come under attack from petrol bombs during loyalist disturbances, said a PSNI spokesman.