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Man charged over death threats to Peter Robinson

The 34-year-old man is alleged to have made the threat by phone on Wednesday as tensions remained high in Northern Ireland.

Peter Robinson (File photo)
Peter Robinson (File photo)
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire

A 34-YEAR-OLD MAN is due to appear in court in Northern Ireland today charged with making death threats to Northern Ireland’s First Minister Peter Robinson.

The man is believed to have made the threats on Wednesday as tensions remained high in Northern Ireland over the flying of the union flag over a local council building in Belfast.

The man will appear at Newtownards Magistrate’s Court later today charged with making threats to kill and also improper use of a public electronic communications network.

There has been unrest in Northern Ireland for the past ten days since councillors at Belfast City Council voted to decrease the number of days the union flag flies over the council building. The flag had previously been flown every day but will now be flown on 15 days per year.

The vote sparked anger among some loyalists.

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