Secretary of State NI : 'Disgraceful, lawless violence'

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Three police officers were hurt dealing with a fifth consecutive night of rioting linked to flag protests in Belfast.

The Secretary of State has condemned the trouble as disgraceful, lawless violence.

Theresa Villiers called for an end to all street demonstrations over flags - even peaceful protests - following a fifth night of rioting in east Belfast.

Rioters used hatchets, sledgehammers and petrol bombs to attack police and their vehicles on Newtownards Road.

The PSNI fired plastic bullets and used water cannon in response.

Julian O'Neill reports for BBC Newsline.

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