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Boy in critical condition after toxic waste left at Belfast bonfire site

The PSNI said that the boy is currently receiving treatment in hospital after it is believed he came into contact with the hazardous substance.

A bonfire site in Belfast.
A bonfire site in Belfast.
Image: Niall Carson/PA

A YOUNG BOY is receiving hospital treatment after coming into contact with hazardous waste at a Belfast bonfire site.

It is understood the boy is in a critical condition.

A warning has been issued by the PSNI and Public Health Agency in the north after the drums containing a hazardous substance were dumped at a bonfire site in Glenwood Street in north Belfast.

The PSNI said that the boy is currently receiving treatment in hospital after it is believed he came into contact with the hazardous substance.

Superintendent Andrea McMullan said:

We are concerned that a number of other young people in the area could have potentially come into contact with this substance and are asking parents/guardians whose children may have visited this bonfire site to closely monitor them.

“The symptoms, which may include redness of the eyes and sore throats coughing and breathing difficulties can take up to 36 hours to become visible and I would encourage anyone who has concerns about their children to seek medical advice immediately. Any clothing or skin that may have been exposed should be washed to remove residual chemicals that may be left on them.”

Local DUP Councillor Frank McCoubrey condemned those who dumped the waste.

As we approach the summer young people are beginning to gather material at bonfire sites. There is absolutely no excuse however for anyone to use a bonfire site as a dumping ground for hazardous materials or to dispose of tyres.

“In this case a child has been hospitalised because of whatever substances were dumped at this site. I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the material being left at the site to pass on any information to the police.”

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