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Video: Toxic tyre cloud fear from bonfire at Belfast's Cregagh Estate

Belfast bonfire toxic cloud fears as 100 tyres are piled up to be burnt at Cregagh Estate.

Concerns are growing about potentially dangerous tyres dumped at a bonfire site close to houses in east Belfast.

Around 100 tyres appeared yesterday beside a growing pyre in the Cregagh Estate. It is the latest in a series of controversial Belfast bonfires, including one outside a city centre hotel and another near houses in Chobham Street on the Comber Greenway. Politicians last night called for the council to remove the tyres immediately.

Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers said: "The very idea of tyres on a bonfire makes me angry. The fumes are deadly.

"The police and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency need to be doing more.

"The PSNI must step up their patrols and, if companies are dumping tyres, they must be caught and prosecuted."

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