FRESH trouble has erupted on the streets of east Belfast on Sunday for the fouth night in a row.
Trouble flared after a loyalist flag protest on Sunday night.
As a result, the PSNI have advised motorists to stay clear of Castlereagh Street, Albertbridge Road, Beersbridge Road, and Mountpottinger Road areas.
A hijacked car was set on fire at Templemore Avenue not far from where a gunman opened fire on police on Saturday afternoon.
Riot squad police are dealing with what police chiefs are describing as an “0ngoing public disorder” situation which broke out shortly before 9pm.
Officers have come under attack from fireworks, bottles and bricks.
Outside of Belfast, police in Ballymena say they dealt with “instances of public disorder in the Ballykeel area” where a road was blocked.
Trouble erupted outside Ballykeel Presbyterian Church, disrupting people going to the Sunday night service.
Police said a petrol bomb was thrown, while a number of bins were set alight.
Earlier, PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott said police will deal with rioting “for however long is necessary”.
“The Police Service will continue to do everything possible to maintain law and order and we will deal firmly with outbreaks of violence,” he said.
“As you have seen in the last few days we will continue to apprehend and put people before the courts.”
A 52-year-old has become the latest man charged with disorderly behaviour, in connection with rioting in Belfast. He will appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, police moved into the nationalist Short Strand district to keep youths back from neighbouring flashpoint lower Newtownards Road.
On Saturday night, dissident republicans called in supporters from north and west Belfast to stand with residents of the Short Strand.
Dissident republicans wearing hoods and masked were seen patrolling streets close to the flashpoint Cluan Place as tensions hit new highs.