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Boys charged over flag clashes

Police made the arrests following disorder in Newtownabbey.

Three teenage boys have been charged after violence broke out in Newtownabbey on Saturday evening.

Sunday, 09 December 2012
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A police spokesman said the boys, two aged 13 and one 14-year-old, were arrested following disorder in the O'Neill Road area.

They are facing charges including riot, riotous behaviour and criminal damage.

On Saturday evening, police said they were dealing with "minor disorder" and set up diversions in the area.

The boys are due to appear at Belfast Youth Court on Monday.

The clashes follow a protest in Belfast city centre against the council's decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag from the city hall.

Meanwhile a 14-year-old boy has been charged with public order offences after disorder broke out in Belfast on Saturday. He is due to appear at Belfast Youth Court on Monday

A 17-year-old boy has also been charged over the same incident and is due to appear at court next month.