NI: Man held over flag comments released

Loyalists have been staging protests to show their opposition to the decision to restrict the number of days the flag is flown

A man who was arrested in north Belfast in connection with comments made on social media in relation to the Union flag controversy has been released.

The 28-year-old was detained in north Belfast, he was released on bail pending further police enquiries.

It is understood his comments were made on a social network site such as Facebook or Twitter.

The remarks were linked to loyalist Union flag protests, one of which is being held today in Belfast city centre.

Loyalists staged protests to show their opposition to the decision to restrict the number of days the flag is flown over Belfast City Council.

Traffic was diverted away from the demonstration for a time and the protest passed off peacefully.

Separately, The PSNI say the security alert in Eglish near Dungannon has come to an end.

Part of the village was sealed off after a suspicious object was discovered attached to a telegraph pole.

Police say the item was examined this afternoon and it was found to be a hoax.