Flag dispute impacting on Northern Ireland's image

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Northern Ireland is being "held to ransom by protesters" due to the dispute over the union flag, the secretary of state has said following a fifth night of violence in 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.

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

Ms Villiers said the situation was having a "devastating impact on Northern Ireland's image abroad".

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