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Derry: Arrests following flag protest

A total of 112 people have been arrested in connection with recent protests. Meanwhile, a peace rally took place in Belfast yesterday.

Riot police stand next to a burned out car after Loyalist protesters attacked police lines, in east Belfast.
Riot police stand next to a burned out car after Loyalist protesters attacked police lines, in east Belfast.
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

TWO PEOPLE WERE arrested by police yesterday following a protest on the Limavady Road in Derry on Sunday evening.

A 31-year-old man and a 14-year-old male were arrested. They have since been released on bail pending further enquiries, the PSNI said.

A further seven people were cautioned for obstructing the highway and disorderly behaviour.

To date there have been a total of 112 people arrested in Northern Ireland in connection with recent protests over the flying of the Union flag. Eighty five have been charged, eight reported to the PPS and 19 released on bail. There have also been 99 police officers injured in protests.

A 32-year-old female was also charged over the weekend with disorderly behaviour and obstructing a constable. She is expected to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court tomorrow today.

It is believed these charges are related to public disorder in the Castlereagh Street area of East Belfast on Saturday 12 January.

Peace rally

A peace rally was held in Belfast yesterday, attracting hundreds of people who are against the ongoing violence in the city.

Holly Reynolds 4, from Belfast, joins peace protesters at Belfast City Hall. (Paul Faith/PA Wire)

Yesterday, members of the PSNI were praised for their actions following another night of violence on Saturday, when loyalists who had been protesting at Belfast City Hall clashed with nationalists in East Belfast.

RTÉ reports that Belfast traders are to hold a “crisis meeting” to discuss the impact of the recent violent protests on trade.

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore told Sky News yesterday that the Irish government was “concerned” about the situation, and that the street violence “has got to stop”.

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