The Divis area remained tense this afternoon after a large force of riot police moved into the area to remove bonfire material being stored off Ross Road.

Tempers flared between some locals and the police who had cordoned off Albert Street and the surrounding area. 

'HOODS BONFIRE': Contractors move in
'HOODS BONFIRE': Contractors move in

Political and community representatives had lobbied for the material to be removed before this weekend's anniversary of internment.

Trouble surrounding what locals dubbed "the hoods' bonfire" had been a feature of the 9 August anniversary in the Divis area in recent years when anti-social elements built a bonfire on what is now the site of Raidió Fáilte. There are hopes that this year the event will pass without incident.

The IRSP accused the PSNI of antagonising local young people.