Northern Ireland

Man charged over Belfast union flag protest trouble

Union flag protest
Image caption The charges are over trouble linked to union flag protests

A man has been charged with a number of offences over disturbances linked to union flag protests.

The 26-year-old has been charged with riotous assembly, obstructing traffic in a public place and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon in a public place.

It is believed the charges are in connection with disorder in east Belfast in December.

The man is expected to appear in court in April.

Protests over the union flag dispute began on 3 December, after the decision of Belfast City Council to restrict the number of days the flag is flown at the city hall and took to the streets to protest.

Some of the demonstrations resulted in violence and more than 100 police officers were injured, although none has been seriously hurt.