A MAN is to face a court on Thursday charged with threatening to kill First Minister Peter Robinson.
The 34-year-old man is charged with making threats to kill and improper use of a public electronic communications network.
It is believed that the threat to the first minister was made in a phone call on Wednesday and is linked to ongoing loyalist flag protests.
The accused will appear at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court, in County Down.
As is normal procedure, the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.
Trouble has erupted flared across Northern Ireland in the last 10 days after Belfast City Council voted to have limitations on when it flies the union flag.
So far police have arrested 40 people in connection with disorder surrounding the protests and 29 police officers have been injured.
Police have also warned two DUP MLAs that they under threat of death from dissident repulicans.
Jeffrey Donaldson and Edwin Poots were warned by the PSNI that they should review their personal security.