Monday 18 December 2017

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A bonfire constructed across the road from a petrol station in Carrickfergus has been set alight ahead of the Eleventh night.

The towering construction was located at Prince Andrew Way and was set alight at 4.35am on Tuesday morning.

Two fire appliances were sent and worked through the night to extinguish the blaze.

The NIFRS had been working closely with partner agencies in relation to the bonfire.

The PSNI said they were not the lead agency on bonfires but work "closely with our partner agencies and local communities to address concerns linked to bonfires".

Chief Inspector Stephen Humphries added: “It is our experience that constructive dialogue and engagement involving the community, politicians, public bodies and police is the approach most likely to result in workable solutions on bonfire issues.

“The physical removal of bonfire material is not a matter for police, however we will assist other statutory bodies to carry out their duties subject to the prevailing circumstances.”

The Dunmurry bonfire was also set alight early on Monday night.

Meanwhile tensions have risen around bonfires in Belfast after the City Council secured a High Court injunction on Friday preventing more materials being added to four loyalist bonfires in Belfast amid health and safety concerns.

Last night masked loyalists appeared to break a court order banning them from extending the Eleventh night bonfire in Belfast.

The loyalists, wearing balaclavas and scarves over their faces, could be seen on Monday afternoon using a cherry picker to add wooden pallets onto the top of the bonfire at a site in the east of the city that is at the centre of a controversial court ruling.

However, on Monday at Inverary playing fields - one of the sites covered by the injunction - pallets were being added to the bonfire. Video and photographs taken by the Press Association shows piles of wooden pallets being lifted onto the bonfire and then stacked on top by two masked men.

Loyalists in east Belfast have been left angry by the court injunction.

Belfast Telegraph

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