Placing tyres on bonfires is illegal

The burning of tyres on bonfires is illegal.
The burning of tyres on bonfires is illegal.

POLICE have issued a warning to people in Cookstown gathering material for bonfires that placing tyres on them is illegal.

While bonfires are not illegal, disposing and burning waste tyres on a bonfire is.

And the PSNI is encouraging everyone to ensure all bonfires are safe and are of no threat to life or property.

“We will fully investigate any complaints in relation to breach of the peace, or any allegations of anti-social behaviour or disorder in relation to bonfires,” said a PSNI spokesperson.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said anyone found guilty in the magistrate’s court of disposing of tyres illegally can be subject to considerable fines.

“These could be up to £50,000 and/or imprisonment for up to six months. In the Crown Court there is an unlimited fine and/or up to five years imprisonment,” he said. “Whilst I don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun I do want to ensure people understand the serious damage burning tyres can have on the environment.”