FLAG PROTEST, QUARTA NOTTE DI DISORDINI A EAST BELFAST
Trouble has erupted in east Belfast for the fourth consecutive night, in the wake of a loyalist flag protest on Sunday night.
Police are advising motorists to avoid the Castlereagh Street, Albertbridge Road, Beersbridge Road, and Mountpottinger Road areas due to ongoing public disorder which broke out shortly before 9pm.
Officers have come under attack from fireworks and missiles, including bottles and bricks.
UTV’s Marc Mallett says a car has been set alight at the Templemore Avenue junction with Beersbridge Road. He said violence is not “on the same scale as previous nights”.
Meanwhile police in Ballymena say they dealt with “instances of public disorder in the Ballykeel area” where a road was blocked.
It is understood the trouble erupted outside Ballykeel Presbyterian Church, disrupting people going to the Sunday night service.
Police said a petrol bomb was thrown, while a number of bins were set alight.
Earlier, PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said police will deal with rioting “for however long is necessary”.
“The Police Service will continue to do everything possible to maintain law and order and we will deal firmly with outbreaks of violence,” he said.
“As you have seen in the last few days we will continue to apprehend and put people before the courts.”
A 52-year-old has become the latest man charged with disorderly behaviour, in connection with rioting in Belfast. He will appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
As is normal procedure all charges will be reviewed by the PPS.
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