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British Army Flags Draped On Londonderry Bonfire

British Army flags have been emblazoned in a Republican bonfire in Londonderry, on Wednesday night.

Londonderry bonfire 2017 PA Images

Londonderry bonfire captured on August 15th, 2017 (Picture: PA Images)

British Army flags have been burned in a Republican bonfire in Londonderry, on Wednesday night.

The pyre was set alight in the Bogside area of Londonderry and was draped in British Army flags, Union flags and a Donald Trump election sign.

There were also references to late police officers Ronan Kerr and Stephen Carroll and prison officers David Black and Adrian Ismay.

Three petrol bombs were also thrown at police near the city's walls which overlook the Bogside.

A 35-year-old man was arrested and charged with making, possessing and throwing a petrol bomb and is due to appear in court next month.

Fires are lit at this time of year to mark the anniversary of the introduction of the internment of republican suspects without trial in 1971 and police are treating the incident as a hate crime.

Prison Service director-general Ronnie Armour, in a message to staff, said: "Using the names of our murdered friends and colleagues, and those of PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland) colleagues, in this way has caused great hurt and distress to their families, to the Prison Service, and the wider community."

Last year, the annual event saw the burning of poppy wreaths - including Military motifs and a paratroopers flag.