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Council removes tyres from Belfast bonfire

Belfast City Council removes tyres from London Road bonfire. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Belfast City Council removes tyres from London Road bonfire. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Belfast City Council removes tyres from London Road bonfire. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©
Belfast City Council removes tyres from London Road bonfire. Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye ©

Belfast City Council has acted to remove tyres from a bonfire in south Belfast.

Contractors accompanied by police began removing the tyres from the London Road bonfire site early on Sunday morning.

The BBC has reported that Lismore Street has been cordoned off while the contractors carry out their work.

A Belfast City Council spokeswoman said that the operation was only intended to remove the tyres, not dismantle the bonfire.

Council said that its approach to "managing bonfires is led by elected members".

"A member-led decision making process has been agreed to consider issues and make decisions on a site by site basis," the spokesperson said.

A meeting if planned for Monday to discuss bonfires in the council area.

Police said said that the landowner gave consent for council to engage a contractor to remove the tyres.

"Police were in attendance to ensure that there was no breach of the peace," a spokesperson said.

Bonfires are set to be lit across Northern Ireland next Thursday, the Eleventh night, ahead of the Twelfth celebrations on Friday.

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