The bomb squad have been called to investigate a suspicious device in East Belfast
Images on Twitter show a reinforced vehicle arriving on the scene in east Belfast on Wednesday evening.
Army technical officers were called in to investigate the suspicious device left on Newtownards Road in the city.
Cars and even a bus have been hijacked and torched throughout Wednesday evening, as loyalist paramilitaries warned they were planning to “orchestrate and participate in serious disorder” throughout the night.
A number of cars were set alight in Dundonald near Belfast.
Police Service Northern Ireland confirmed on Wednesday night that they had responded to two cars set alight on Upper Newtownards Road just before 10pm.
It was reported a number of masked males had pushed the car into the road and torched it.
Two other cars were later set alight nearby.
Incidents in Belfast and near Newtownards followed a day of tension after private contractors accompanied by police cleared two loyalist bonfire sites fearing damage to property.
Earlier in the day, the remnants of a pipe bomb were found near one of the sites after reports of a loud bang.
On July 11 every year, bonfires are lit in many Protestant or loyalist neighbourhoods to commemorate Protestant King William of Orange defeating Catholic King James II at the Battle of the Boyne.
On Tuesday evening, a High Court judge ordered the bonfire on Bloomfield Walkway be reduced in height before it was burned.
However, when police moved to seize the material at around 5:30am on Wednesday morning, the tower had already been lit.
Police believe that there is a specific threat of violence against their officers overnight.
Police Service of Northern Ireland Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said in a statement: “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.”
More to follow…