Northern Ireland

Six people arrested after Belfast trouble

Divis
Image caption Four vehicles were burnt out on Wednesday night.

Six people have been arrested after four vehicles were burnt out and petrol bombs were thrown at police Land Rovers across parts of Belfast.

The trouble began in the Divis Street, North Queen Street and Stewartstown Road areas at about 22:30 BST on Wednesday.

No-one was injured.

The main disorder broke out as crowds gathered to watch a bonfire to mark the anniversary of internment in 1971.

An Israeli flag was also burnt on the bonfire.

Three men aged 33, 24 and 20 and two 17-year-old youths remain in custody while a 13-year-old girl has been released pending a report to the Public Prosecution Service.

Sinn Fein has condemned the trouble.

Assembly member Fra McCann said: "The bonfire at Divis is now an excuse for excessive drunkenness and violence inflicted on our own community by those who torture this community throughout the year.

"It also attracts anti-social elements from throughout the city.

"I was interned twice and as a former internee these bonfires certainly do not represent any marking of that time in our history."

PSNI Superintendent Barbara Gray has condemned those responsible.

"Sadly when so many are following the progress of our Olympians, a very small number of people are intent on causing disruption and mayhem and I strongly condemn their actions," she said.

"I would assure the local community that we will continue to work with them to reduce this type of behaviour and ask for their assistance with information which would bring those responsible to justice."