Man arrested after city hall flag stunt

Man arrested after city hall flag stunt

A man, who climbed on top of a gate post at Belfast City Hall and waved a Union flag while singing, has been arrested.

Police said they received a complaint that a male was behaving in a disorderly fashion in the Donegall Place area of Belfast shortly before 1.45pm on Thursday.A PSNI spokeswoman continued: "Police attended the call within five minutes."The male had moved to a pillar outside city hall."Following engagement with police the male came down from the pillar at 14.31pm."The 21-year-old man was then arrested for disorderly behaviour and disorderly conduct.A 17-year-old male was also arrested in relation to a public order offence which occurred when he was on the pillar.The circumstances of the incident are being reported to the Public Prosecution Service.In December 2012 the council passed a motion to only fly the Union flag at City Hall on designated days.The controversial decision sparked a series of loyalist protests.Rioting also broke out in parts of Belfast and other parts of the country.


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