Northern Ireland's Justice Minister has reported effigies of her and other politicians hanging from loyalist bonfires to the PSNI.

Naomi Long said she had been sickened by images she'd seen online.

Sinn Féin has also complained to the PSNI.

The pictures show figures, with faces of politicians attached, on a loyalist bonfire in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim ahead of it being lit on Monday night.

As well as Ms Long, there were effigies of Sinn Féin leaders' Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O'Neill.

Ms Long said she would not share the images due to the risk of distressing people whose loved ones had taken their own lives.

"I will however be sharing them and the pictures of the bonfire builders standing proudly in front of their creation with the police," she said in a post on Twitter.

"These were not last minute additions. There are photos of a children’s fun day taking place at this fire while our effigies were hanging on it. Some local businesses even sponsored it.

"What kind of parent would see that and think it's acceptable for their child to see?

"I felt physically sick at those photos - not just at the effigies but at the festering hatred and sectarianism they represent; hatred that not only persists in our community but is being passed on to the next generation as normal. This has to stop. Our children deserve better."

Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie condemned the incident, saying that it was "utterly vile".

"Hanging effigies on bonfires does not represent the union and unionist culture I believe in.

"Staying silent cannot be an option."

Every year some loyalist bonfires are draped with tricolours, nationalist election posters and other sectarian material.

In recent years bonfires associated with dissident republicans have seen similar behaviour.

Sinn Féin said it had also reported the effigies and several other bonfire-related incidents to the police.

"There is an onus on unionist political and community leaders to stand up against these displays of sectarian hatred and make it clear that there is no place for them in this society," said Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly.

"The silence from some senior unionist leaders to date has been deafening."

Earlier this week, the PSNI said they had received some complaints about materials on loyalist bonfires and were reviewing the evidence to see whether any offences had been committed.

Mr Kelly said the public wanted to see action on the issue.