Roads blocked in Carrickfergus amid flag protest
Police said up to 300 loyalists blocked roads in Carrickfergus last night as part of a protest over flags.
The crowd, some of whom used scarves to hide their identity, gathered at a roundabout between Albert Road and Belfast Road.
The demonstration, against a decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag over Belfast City Hall, ended peacefully after about an hour.
In east Belfast, bus services were disrupted because of a flag protest at Woodstock Link.
There were no reports of any disorder.
Loyalists across Northern Ireland have been protesting since councillors in Belfast voted on December 3 to limit the number of days they fly the Union flag. Violence has erupted at some of the pickets.
A number of politicians, including East Belfast MP Naomi Long from the cross-community Alliance Party, were issued with death threats.
There are plans for another demonstration outside Belfast City Hall this Saturday and organisers say they may picket Stormont later this month.