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Video appears to show police filming removal of bonfire from inside PSNI landrover

The video footage appears to have been captured from inside a PSNI landrover

A VIDEO has emerged on social media appearing to capture a police officer filming the removal of an east Belfast bonfire from inside a PSNI landrover.

The footage is understood to have been taken as the bonfire was being dismantled at Cluan Place yesterday.

Radio transmissions between police officers can be heard during the footage. But as the bonfire is pushed over by machinery ahead of being removed from the site, a man can be heard saying 'bye bye bonfire'.

It remained unclear last night if the man is a PSNI officer or if the words were added into the clip before it was posted online. Many Twitter users said they believed it was a "voice-over recording".

The video had last night been viewed thousands of times on social media with many people criticising why the footage, which appeared to be from inside the PSNI vehicle, had been uploaded.

One Twitter user said: "Why on earth is a 'police officer' recording this, and then posting it on social media while including transmissions".

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