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Condemnation as bonfire is petrol bombed in Portadown

By Allan Preston

Published 17/06/2016

A firefighter douses the smouldering remains of the Edgarstown bonfire in Portadown
A firefighter douses the smouldering remains of the Edgarstown bonfire in Portadown

A petrol bomb attack on a Portadown bonfire site has been condemned as an attempt to stoke tensions in the area.

The incident happened on Montague street in the Edgarstown area.

It was reported that two men threw petrol bombs onto a huge stockpile of wooden pallets, mattresses and other debris.

Emergency services were alerted to the flames around 3.45am yesterday with firefighters responding to the blaze shortly after 4am.

Fire crews remained at the scene for more than six hours and used a JCB digger to pull material away from the flames.

The motivation behind the attack is unknown at this stage.

DUP councillor Darryn Causby said: "People just need to show some tolerance, acts like this are nothing more than premeditated attacks designed to raise tension and intimidate the community."

Ukip councillor for the area David Jones said: "As far as we understand there was a petrol bomb thrown which set part of it alight.

"Thankfully only part was destroyed thanks to the quick arrival of the Fire Service who put out the flames."

Ulster Unionist councillor Julie Flaherty called the incident a "pointless act".

"It's a deliberate attack on the whole community in Edgarstown," she said.

"That's the bonfire I would have attended growing up. It's very unfair and pointless, there were fire crews deployed for six hours."

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