PSNI 'appeal for calm' in Belfast during Eleventh Night

Police in the North tonight reported a bus being burnt out and a 'viable pipe bomb like device' being discovered

PSNI 'appeal for calm' in Belfast during Eleventh Night

Police at the site of a Bonfire in the Bloomfield Avenue area of Belfast. Picture by: Niall Carson/PA Wire/PA Images

Police in Northern Ireland have 'appealed for calm' as they respond to incidents across Belfast and other areas.

It comes as Eleventh Night is marked in the North - a night which traditionally sees large bonfires lit in many loyalist areas.

Police have reported outbreaks of trouble throughout the night.

In one case, a bus in Newtownards, County Down was lit on fire after it was hijacked by a "number of masked men".

Elsewhere, police discovered the remnants of "what is believed to be viable pipe bomb type device" after a loud bang was heard in east Belfast.

In a statement, PSNI Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: “Police have received information from the community which indicates that the East Belfast UVF intend to orchestrate and participate in serious disorder in East Belfast this evening directed against my officers.

“I would strongly urge people to desist from engaging in any violent or criminal behaviour. I would also appeal to those who have influence in this community to discourage people from taking part in any illegal activity."

Police operations were earlier launched to reduce the size of some of the bonfires, with officers working to protect contractors brought in to remove material.