Sandy row area arson attack at site plagued by illegal dumping

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The emergency services were called to an arson attack at a site in South Belfast that has been plagued by illegal dumping in recent weeks.

The police and fire service were called to a site on Boyne Court, off Sandy Row, at around 12.15am on Friday, June 7, following reports of a fire.

It had been claimed on social media that the fire was at a bonfire site in the area, however local DUP councillor and South Belfast General Election candidate Tracy Kelly said that it is land earmarked for social housing that has had issues with illegal dumping in the past few weeks and that the bonfire site is located off Hope Street.

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She said: "Over the past few weeks there has been an issue with illegal dumping at the site, which had actually been recently cleared thanks to a community appeal.

"It now appears that is has now been set on fire, with a similar incident happening a few weeks ago.

"The bonfire site has not been targeted, as it is located on Hope Street in another part of the area.

"This land has been earmarked for social housing since before the pandemic and we hope that work can start on it soon as it is desperately needed here in Sandy Row."

Police have said that the fire service brought the fire under control quickly and there were no reports of any injuries.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police received and responded to a report shortly before 12:15am today, Friday 7th June, of a fire at a site in the Boyne Court area of south Belfast.

"It was reported that a number of pallets had been set alight.

"Colleagues from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service also attended the report, and brought the fire under control.

"There were no reports of any injuries.

"Enquiries are ongoing, and anyone with any information which might assist, is asked to contact police on 101, and quote reference number 16 of 07/06/24."

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said: "Firefighters were called to reports of a bonfire on Sandy Row at 12.10am. Firefighters used 2 jets and 1 hose reel to extinguish the fire. The cause of the fire is believed to have been deliberate ignition and the incident was dealt with by 1.15am."

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