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Police remove bonfire material from Belfast New Lodge road

Police have removed bonfire material from a road in Belfast.

A senior police officer said the material was removed in order to allow traffic to flow in the Victoria Parade area.

The PSNI was asked what the difference was between removing this wood and the material that blocked an east Belfast car park ahead of the Eleventh Night.

The organisation did not address the question.

Superintendent Robert Murdie said: "Police received a report that a number of youths had placed waste material across Victoria Parade in north Belfast blocking the road and causing an obstruction to traffic.

"Police attended and removed this material in order to allow traffic to flow again."

Anger flared over the construction of the bonfire close to high-rise flats and a children's nursery in the New Lodge area of north Belfast.

Sinn Fein criticised builders of the anti-internment pyre branding it "anti-social" and a "misery" for residents.

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