EIGHT arrests were made after violence erupted at a bonfire in West Belfast. A number of police officers were injured, two requiring hospital treatment, during trouble at what was billed as an ‘anti-internment bonfire’ in the Divis area on Thursday night. The arrests were made after the police came under attack with missiles, including paint […]
SEVERAL areas across West Belfast have become dumping grounds in recent weeks as youths gather wood and other debris for bonfires. The August 9 bonfires, once popular across nationalist areas to mark the anniversary of internment, have all but disappeared in recent times but there are still those intent on staging blazes despite community opposition […]
An early morning operation by the Housing Executive to remove bonfire wood ahead of August 9 has seen over 100 pallets taken from secret hides across the New Lodge area. Workers moved into the area at 6am this morning (Thursday, August 1) after local community workers identified a number of concealed locations where wood was […]
Belfast City Council moved into a Ballymurphy street this week to remove a towering pile of wood intended for an internment night bonfire. The pile, 15 feet in height, had been collected by local youths over the past six weeks and placed on a derelict site between two homes in Whitecliff Parade. The unstable bonfire […]
A New Lodge community worker’s home was attacked and cars and vans set alight after a bonfire was lit in the area last night (Wednesday).