Nine arrested amid further Union flag protests

Monday 21 January 2013 22.15
Protests over the flying of the Union flag are now in their eighth week
Protests over the flying of the Union flag are now in their eighth week

Police have arrested nine men and two women as loyalists staged more protests over the decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall.

Three men were detained on suspicion of a number of offences including disorderly behaviour and obstructing a highway following a protest in the Waterside area of Derry.

In Belfast, six men and two women were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway following a protest on the Knock dual carriageway area in east Belfast, according to the PSNI.

The protests are now into their eighth week, after city councillors in Belfast voted to fly the flag on designated days only.

There were other protests in Antrim, Ballyclare and Carrickfergus and the coastal road outside the village of Glenarm, Co Antrim.