Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly calls for the campfire to be removed in North Belfast while police investigate reports of criminal damage

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Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly calls for the campfire to be removed in North Belfast while police investigate reports of criminal damage

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has called for an interface campfire to be removed in the New Lodge area after reports of golf balls being thrown from the spot aimed at homes and vehicles.

Kelly condemned footage of a person hitting golf balls from the campfire site on Adam Street near Duncairn Gardens in the New Lodge area.

The PSNI confirmed Tuesday that they are investigating the reports.

“The campfire that is being built on Adam Street near Duncairn Gardens was deliberately placed near the nationalist New Lodge to cause interface problems. It has to be removed, ”said Gerry Kelly.

“It was sheer luck that no residents were injured. Local residents and local political figures stayed late into the night and witnessed gasoline bombs being dropped.

“Residents shouldn’t have to endure such attacks, the number of which is increasing.

“If a campfire is desired in the Tiger’s Bay area, it must be removed from the interface as it is the location from which sectarian attacks are launched.”

In a statement, a PSNI spokesman said they were investigating reports of criminal damage in the Duncairn Gardens area Monday night.

Inspector David McBride said, “At about 9:30 pm, the police received a report of golf balls struck from Adam Street on homes in the Duncairn Gardens area. It was also reported that a vehicle in the area was also hit by a golf ball.

“Officials visited the scene and confiscated a number of discarded golf clubs. The police were present in the area and our investigation into this dangerous and reckless incident is ongoing.

“I would urge parents to make sure they know where their children are and what they are doing, and to speak to them about the danger of being trapped in the moment and the possible consequences they could face if they did they commit a crime.

“I would ask anyone with information about this incident, which we are treating as a hate crime and antisocial behavior, to call the police on 101 so we can work together to do something about it.

“Alternatively, information can also be submitted to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the opportunity to speak up and stop crimes.”

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