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Council workers forced to withdraw from east Belfast due to alleged threat - report

There has been allegations of threats made against council workers in east Belfast, forcing the local authority to pull them out of the area, the BBC has reported.

The BBC Stephen Nolan show reported on claims from community workers that council staff had told them threats were issued by the east Belfast UVF forcing the council to withdraw workers from the area.

Loyalist commentator Jamie Bryson told the show he had been in contact with "people who mediate on behalf of ex-combatants in the area linked to the UVF," denying he had spoken directly to the illegal organisation.

"This threat doesn't exist, it is a fantasy, it is absolute nonsense," he added.

"There is no threat coming from the east Belfast UVF."

The council refused to comment to the BBC. The Belfast Telegraph has also asked for a response from the council and the police.

A PSNI spokeswoman said: "We do not discuss the security of individuals. However, if we receive information that a person’s life may be at risk we will inform them accordingly. We never ignore anything which may put an individual at risk. No inference should be drawn from this."

There has been controversy in the area surrounding a bonfire site.

The Bloomfield Walkway site at Comber Greenway has been at the centre of the controversy after it was revealed the council was storing around 3,000 pallets for the site at a ratepayer owned facility. They were subsequently stolen from the council storage facility and an investigation launched by the council into why it was holding the bonfire material in the first place.

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