Belfast Telegraph

Petrol bombs thrown at bonfire

Petrol bombs have been thrown at police in west Belfast during a bonfire marking the 40th anniversary of internment.

Large crowds gathered at the blaze at Divis flats in the city, and police said there was suspected gunfire shortly after midnight on Tuesday.

DUP policing board member Robin Newtown later claimed there had been a dissident republican "show of strength".

The Westlink and surrounding roads were closed for a number of hours as some of those crowds formed barricades. It is not thought anyone was injured.

The Westlink was closed for a time on Tuesday morning as debris thought to have been thrown from the bonfire was cleared from the road.

Mr Newtown said of the reported gunfire: "This was clearly a quite blatant display by individuals who want to drag Northern Ireland back to the past.

"Most people will suspect that these were dissident republicans who appeared with several weapons and took part in the so-called 'show of strength'."

He said people in the area at the time should come forward to help police with their inquiries.


From Belfast Telegraph