A NUMBER of police officers were injured during trouble at a bonfire in west Belfast built by “hoods and criminal”.
The PSNI said several people were arrested following the outbreak of violence in the Divis Street area on Thursday night.
Sinn Fein denied the bonfire had anything to do with marking the anniversary of internment.
The party said the bonfire had been built by “hoods and criminals” and called on the media not to refer to it as an ‘anti-internment’ bonfire’.
Hours earlier, a loyalist painting made by a young girl was stolen from a wall in south Belfast and placed for a time on Divis ‘hoods’ bonfire.
However, it was later removed.
UUP MLA Michael McGimpsey called for it to be returned to its rightful place in Sandy Row.
Police are currently investigating the theft.