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Two charged over violence in Northern Ireland as 33 petrol bombs thrown

There was yet another night of disturbances over the decision to not fly the Union flag throughout the year.

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Updated 13:10

LAST NIGHT SAW further protests in Northern Ireland, 39 days after the decision was made by councillors in Belfast City to only fly the Union flag on certain occasions.

The PSNI said that while most of the protests were peaceful, there was widespread road disruption.

The most serious disturbance last night was at O’Neill’s Road in Newtownabbey and at West Street in Carrickfergus. Water cannon and five plastic baton rounds were used by police after having petrol bombs, masonry and other missiles thrown at them.

Four police were injured, with one requiring hospital treatment.

Two males aged 15 and 30 have been charged with riotous assembly in relation to last night’s troubles and are due to appear before Belfast Magistrates Court today.

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(All images: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

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