Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Controlled explosion on object

A road was closed off near Dunadry following a controlled explosion on a suspicious object

A controlled explosion has been carried out on a suspicious object.

The PSNI said the Clady Road, near Dunadry, Antrim, is due to reopen following the security alert.

Army bomb experts who were called to examine the suspicious object carried out the controlled explosion on Saturday morning.

"The object has been declared as nothing untoward," said the PSNI spokesman.

"No homes were evacuated in this security alert."

The PSNI said they also had to evacuate four homes in the Ballycolman area of Strabane when a suspected firearm was recovered during a search operation.

The army bomb disposal team was called to the scene, which was sealed off from 9.20am to 2pm.

The device was taken away for further examination.

Strabane SDLP Councillor Patsy Kelly condemned the incident in the large, built up area.

"This is completely unacceptable and I had hoped that we had moved on from a time when such terrible actions would be visited upon the community," said Mr Kelly.

"These actions serve no one and no purpose.

"I am especially concerned for the families who have had to be moved from their homes and the distress and disturbance caused to them as a result.

"I would appeal for anyone with any information on this incident to contact the PSNI."

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