Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 29 November 2014

Homes evacuated during security alert

Up to 14 homes were evacuated for several hours following a security alert at a Co Antrim community centre.

Police received a bomb warning around 6.15pm yesterday, ahead of a scheduled monthly District policing Partnership (DPP) meeting at 7pm.

Army Technical Officers were called to Mossside community centre on the outskirts of Ballymoney, where a suspicious object was left at the rear of the public building.

Part of the Moycraig Road was closed and people were forced out of their homes in the Community Walk and Hill Farm areas.

The families were allowed back into the homes shortly before 11pm after a controlled explosion was carried out. It is not yet known if the device was viable.

Moyle DPP chairman Oliver McMullan said he believed loyalist paramilitaries were responsible.

“I am very disappointed as I have been looking forward to giving the people of Mosside the opportunity to engage with the DPP at a public meeting for the first time,” the Sinn Fein councillor said.

“This would have allowed the community to feed their concerns and opinions into the Area Policing Plan, as other local communities have done before.

“We will not be deterred by the actions of those who have no support or mandate and will rearrange the meeting at the earliest opportunity.”

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