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Belfast bonfire injunction: Police clarify position after court order granted

By Jonathan Bell

The Police Service of Northern Ireland has clarified its role after a court order was granted to Belfast City Council for four Belfast bonfire sites.

Confusion has surrounded the council's injunction on its exact meaning and what it entails.

Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle called on the council to clarify what the injunction means and for the police to clarify what role - if any - they have.

The Belfast Telegraph has asked both organisations for a response.

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Asked on its role in the matter, the PSNI's Superintendent Robert Murdie said: "Police are aware of the civil injunction taken by Belfast City Council in relation to a number of bonfire sites.

“Whilst it is a matter for the council to consider how breaches of the civil injunction will be brought back to the court, we will continue to provide our support to council officers and we would look to assist the council by sharing any information that could assist them in ensuring the safety of the public.

“We remain committed to working with the council to address the broader issues in relation to bonfires all year round and welcome the opportunity to play our part in resolving these issues as part of a wider political discussion.

“We will also continue to work with our colleagues in the Environment Agency and Belfast City Council and will investigate any complaints of criminal behaviour as they emerge.”

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