Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Politicians condemn pipe-bomb incident

South Belfast has been disrupted by a number of illegal incidents over the past week.

Around £200,000-worth of cannabis was found in a PSNI drugs raid on a house in London Street on Thursday, January 13.

The following day, a pipe bomb was found in the grounds of a house on the same street, and was removed by Army technical |officers. The police said there was no evidence that the two incidents were connected.

There was also disruption to traffic on the Westlink, between Divis Street and Stockman’s Lane, when a car was left abandoned on the motorway.

On the subject of the drugs raid, a PSNI spokesperson said: “One 45-year-old male has been charged with possession and possession with intent to supply class B drugs and cultivating cannabis.”

Sinn Fein Pottinger representative Niall Ó Donnghaile said: “Obviously any move to take illegal drugs off our streets is to be welcomed.”

The PSNI said of the pipe-bomb incident on January 14: “Army technical officers attended the scene and have taken away a number of items for examination.”

They have asked anyone who was in the area of London Street between midnight and 7.10am on January 14 to contact detectives at Musgrave Street CID.

East Belfast DUP councillor Gavin Robinson said: “Friday’s pipe-bomb incident caused both alarm and concern for residents in the London Street area.”

Alliance councillor Máire Hendron said: “Those behind this alert deserve nothing but contempt and must face the full rigours of the law. Anyone who can help police catch these thugs should contact them now.”

Pottinger UUP councillor Philip Robinson said: “The police raided a premises on London Street, and a suspicious object was found on the front window sill of a house on London Street.

“Regardless of the motive, this has to be condemned. We thought this was a thing of the past.

“It is a sad state of affairs.

“I have to commend the community on organising the opening of the local band hall on My Lady’s Road for those who were evacuated,” he added.

Michael McGimpsey MLA said of the suspicious vehicle on the motorway: “Those responsible must consider their actions and the danger they could have caused to a large number of people.

“The public are tired of acts of terrorism carried out by dissident groups. Those who left this device must realise that politics has moved on and the general public want a peaceful future,” he added.

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