08/01/2013

PSNI Confirms Flag Violence Arrests

The PSNI has confirmed a total of eight arrests were made as a result of disorder over the Belfast City Hall union flag issue.

Three police officers were injured when missiles ranging from petrol bombs, paint bombs, fireworks and heavy masonry were thrown by loyalist protesters.

PSNI vehicles were attacked with hatchets and sledge hammers. Officers responded to the violence by deploying water cannon and firing 5 rubber bullets.

Four men and two women were arrested in east Belfast.

Police also received a report of an attempted car hi-jacking in the Templemore Avenue area and an attempted lorry hi-jacking in the Albertbridge Road area.

In the Dundonald area, police officers were subjected to bombardment from missiles such as petrol bombs, paint bombs, fireworks and masonry.

A car was set on fire in the Bute Park area.

A 43-year-old woman was arrested in the Yorkgate area for disorderly behaviour. She was later released.

The six people arrested in east Belfast were due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on the morning of Tuesday 8 January.

A 42 year-old-woman has been charged with obstructing police and assault on police.

A 35 year-old-woman has been charged with disorderly behaviour and obstructing police.

A 24 year-old-man has been charged with riot and resisting police.

A 20 year-old-man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon.

A 22 year-old-man has been charged with disorderly behaviour, resisting police and failing to remove a disguise.

A 45 year-old-man has been charged with riotous assembly.

So far there have been 106 people arrested, 81 charged, seven reported to the Public Prosecution Service, 17 released on bail and 66 police officers injured.

(IT)

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