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Alex Salmond effigy 'blown up' despite police assurances

Pictures appear to show an effigy of Alex Salmond being blown up during bonfire celebrations despite police claims it would not be burned.

Sussex Police said the replica of the outgoing Scottish First Minister had been withdrawn following complaints on social media.

But photos taken last night appear to show the effigy being torched at Lewes bonfire parade, which has earned a national profile for burning controversial or unpopular public figures in recent years.

An effigy of what is understood to be Scotland's First Minister remained placed in front of the crowd in Lewes, Sussex, as the fireworks began. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
Sparks were seen firing close to the effigy. Mr Salmond had played down the furore surrounding his appearance. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire
The aftermath of the display appears to show the effigy stand empty with eyewitnesses claiming the figure had been blown up. Credit: Michael Story/PA Wire