An incident where petrol bombs were thrown in north Belfast this evening is being treated as a hate crime, police said.

The PSNI said its members are in attendance at the scene following a report of petrol bombs being thrown in the Duncairn Gardens area, near the Adam Street bonfire in north Belfast.

Chief Inspector Darren Fox said: "Shortly before 5pm we received a report that a number of youths had gathered in the area and were throwing petrol bombs and bricks in the vicinity of a bonfire in Adam Street.

"A crowd that had gathered was quickly dispersed by police.

"One person has been cautioned for possession of an offensive weapon and will be subject to report to the Public Prosecution Service.

"Police are treating this incident as a hate crime."

The Orange Order puts on 12 July parades in cities and towns across Northern Ireland every year to mark King William's victory over King James at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690.

Chief Inspector Fox added that police would maintain "a visible presence" in the area to provide reassurance to local communities.

He said the force was "closely liaising" with community representatives to assist in reducing tension.