Bonfire torched prematurely in Co Londonderry in ‘bid to stoke tension’

The bonfire was set alight more than a week before the Twelfth

The bonfire was set alight more than a week before the Twelfth

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The premature burning of a bonfire in Maghera has been branded an “attempt to raise tensions” by one politician.

James Shiels said that the fire at the King William III estate in the predominantly-Catholic Co Londonderry town was set alight on Friday morning.

Although he condemned the action, he said it had only served to bring the community “closer together”.

 

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