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Road blocked by burning car in Newtownabbey

Police have advised motorists to avoid O'Neill Road in Newtownabbey, where there is ongoing public disorder.

The road has been blocked by a burnt out car and riot police are descending on the area.

There is also a crowd blocking The Square in Ballyclare.

The disorder follows an earlier protest by loyalists at Twaddell Avenue in north Belfast, when Translink suspended all Shankill Metro bus services.

Plans for further protests at Castlereagh Street and Crumlin Road have also been circulating on social media sites.

It comes after two nights of violence in north Belfast in response to the banning of a controversial Orange Order parade past Ardoyne.

Four hundred extra police officers from Great Britain were deployed to Northern Ireland on Saturday.

More than 600 mutual aid officers from England, Scotland and Wales were already in the region supporting the PSNI operation as tensions surrounding the traditional Twelfth of July commemorations spiralled into disorder.

The Orange Order had originally called for protests against the determination of the Parades Commission adjudication body but, in the wake of Friday's violence, senior Orangemen called for protest action to be suspended.

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