Eight hurt as disorder erupts in Belfast

Published Thursday, 03 January 2013
Comments
Toggle font size
Print

Eight police officers have been injured during trouble which broke out in east Belfast in the wake of a flag protest.

Video available to UK viewers only.
We’re sorry. This video is unavailable from your location.

To find out if this video is available to you, we need to know what region you live in. Please enter your postcode below (including space).

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for confirming your region.

Frequently Asked Questions

We are sorry but this video is not available on u.tv in your region. Your region is listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you in Northern Ireland?

1. Why is my postcode required?

We are asking you to insert your postcode before watching some videos to confirm you can access the video content via u.tv.

This is because some videos on u.tv are only available in Northern Ireland.

Don't worry, we won't store or use this information for any other purpose.

If you are not in Northern Ireland, the content may be available to watch at itv.com or stv.tv.

2. Why am I directed to itv.com or stv.tv when I try to view certain clips?

The videos, which are not available on u.tv to users outside Northern Ireland, will be available to those users on itv.com (for users in England and Wales) or stv.tv (for most users in Scotland).

We need to know where you are in order to make sure you are getting the right content.

If you think we've got your location wrong, then please click here.

Need more help? Contact us

Police say they dealt with disorder in the vicinity of the Albertbridge Road, Castlereagh Street, Beersbridge Road and Mountpottinger Street areas on Thursday night.

They have come under attack from missiles and petrol bombs thrown from a crowd of approximately 100 people.

One officer was taken to hospital and has since been discharged.

Two people have been arrested in connection with the disorder.

Earlier police moved in to keep a distance between a crowd of nationalists who had gathered in the Short Strand area and a crowd of loyalists.

During the trouble, a car was set alight in the Templemore Avenue area and a burning barricade forced the closure of Castlereagh Street.

UTV's Marc Mallett, who was at the scene, tweeted: "Protesters have blocked Castlereagh Street with burning debris. Large crowd gathered. Heavy police presence".

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "Motorists are advised to avoid these areas". Diversions were in place.

It came after around 100 flag protesters blocked the Albertbridge Road at the junction with Templemore Avenue.

Meanwhile Malton Drive on the Upper Malone Road was closed for a time during a protest, with diversions in place at House of Sport roundabout and Finaghy Road South. The road has now re-opened.

On Wednesday night up to 300 loyalists blocked roads in Carrickfergus.

The demonstration ended peacefully after about an hour.

Last month, Belfast councillors voted to limit the number of days the Union Flag is flown over City Hall.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
96 Comments
Paddy in Belfast wrote (468 days ago):
More pressure should be put on psni to police this crap and force this to end now. Their dealing with these scum with kid gloves. Protesters breaking law by road blocks but so are the police by standing back and allowing this to happen.SHAME
Ronan in Galway wrote (468 days ago):
Why can't these loyalists accept the democratic decision of Belfast City Hall?
Rina in co. Down wrote (468 days ago):
Ban ALL flags on ALL public buildings - problem solved. If you want to fly "your" flag, fly it up your house/ cow shed.
jimmy dee in belfastj wrote (468 days ago):
has mike nesbitt gone to another planet for new year not one word of condemnation from him someleader hes turned out to be should have stuck to newsreading
geo in carrickfergus wrote (468 days ago):
small minded republicans so you say the union is dead and all that protest are unemployed wise up see the bigger picture not what the media wants you to see i see alot of hard working protestants on the streets doing something the mp,s cant do speak for our rights to be british so get a grip
POST A COMMENT:
Name:  
Email address*:    
Location:  
Validation:
House Rules:  
Your Comment:  
[All comments are moderated and will not appear immediately. Your name, location and comment will be displayed on this page if your post passes moderation.]
MOST POPULAR GALLERIES
Larne
Mon 31 March 2014
Carrick disturbances
Fri 11 April 2014
President Higgins visits UK
Tue 08 April 2014