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Regulation on bonfires badly needed now, insists Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie

Calls for identity and culture report to be published after teenager sustains serious burns

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Police at the scene of the Adam Street bonfire in Tigers Bay. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police at the scene of the Adam Street bonfire in Tigers Bay. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police at the scene of the Adam Street bonfire in Tigers Bay. Credit: Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

There have been calls for a report by a commission looking at flags, identity and culture to be published immediately, in order to have recommendations for the regulation of bonfires implemented before next July.

Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beattie said the serious injuries caused to a teenage boy, left fighting for his life after being set alight at a bonfire in north Belfast, emphasised the need for regulation.


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