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Makeshift bonfire set alight near pyre removed before Eleventh night

A bonfire at Cluan Place in east Belfast where the PSNI removed a much larger one on the Eleventh Night

LOYALISTS in east Belfast have set fire to a makeshift bonfire next to a peace line.

The pyre, around six metres high and made of leftover wood from the Twelfth period, was erected at Cluan Place a week after a controversial bonfire was removed by authorities just yards away.

On Thursday, police said they were aware of a situation in the area and that there was to be a "family fun day".

Despite pleas from political representatives, the small bonfire was set alight late that night.

Yesterday, all that was left was a small pile of ashes and scorch marks on the pavement.

Alliance councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown said he was disappointed the pyre was set alight.

"After the interventions made by DfI and PSNI previously it is disappointing that another attempt was made to light a bonfire in Cluan Place," he said.

"The risk to property and life can't be overlooked particularly in confined spaces and I'd encourage people to reflect on the damage these acts can cause to their community and neighbours".

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