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Injunction granted to stop material being added to bonfire sites

An injunction has been granted by the High Court to Belfast City Council preventing bonfire materials being brought to and stored at four of its sites.

The move was prompted due to concerns for public safety and prevents materials being brought to Ravenscroft Avenue Car Park, Bloomfield Walkway, Avoniel Leisure Centre Car Park, Inverary Playing Fields Cregagh Park Easts.

All four of these sites are in east Belfast, and the injunction prevents anyone from entering the sites "for the purposes of directing, building, organising and/or constructing bonfires and/or providing materials for use on a bonfire".

In a statement this evening Sinn Féin's group leader on Belfast City Council Jim McVeigh said that his party had called for this injunction to be issued to protect the Council's property.

"The gathering and storing of materials has disrupted the use of some of these sites and by burning these large pyres Council property would be further destroyed," he said.

"That is not what the rate payers of this city want to see or indeed pay for.

"It is now critically important that the PSNI and Belfast City Council act upon these injunctions to ensure that the dangerous material already gathered at these sites is safely removed in order to protect the people, homes and property in the vicinity of these illegal bonfires."

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