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Man burnt on face and body at Ballysillan bonfire in north Belfast

 A man is being treated in hospital for burns to his face and body after an incident at a bonfire in north Belfast on Sunday night.

A man is being treated in hospital for burns to his face and body after an incident at a bonfire in north Belfast last night. 

Footage has been posted on social media of the incident in which the man became engulfed in flames at the Ballysillan bonfire in the Silverstream Crescent area soon after midnight. 

Police have asked that the content is not shared of the man running away from the bonfire.

Superintendent Henry said: “Police received a report at around 00:30am  that a male had sustained burn injuries. As a result of the incident, he sustained burns to his face and body. He  remains in hospital for his injuries.

“Our enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding the incident. We are aware that there were a number of people in the area at the time of the incident, so we would appeal to them to come forward to assist with our enquiries.

“We are also aware of social media footage that has been posted online in relation to this incident. We would ask that it is not shared, but to contact police with any information they might have.

“We would ask that anyone with any information in relation to the incident, should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 76 12/07/21.”

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