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1.5kg explosives stash recovered by police at a block of flats in north Belfast

Published 20/06/2016

An army bomb disposal team along with PSNI forensic experts carried out a search at Maeve House in the New Lodge area of north Belfast on Monday June 20 following what is believed to be the discovery of bomb making equipment and a terrorist explosives find. Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk
An army bomb disposal team along with PSNI forensic experts carried out a search at Maeve House in the New Lodge area of north Belfast on Monday June 20 following what is believed to be the discovery of bomb making equipment and a terrorist explosives find. Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk

The PSNI has uncovered a stash of explosives weighing approximately 1.5kg at a block of flats in north Belfast.

The find was made at Maeve House in the New Lodge area following a report from a member of the public.

It is thought the quantity of explosives would be enough to make three under car bombs.

Army bomb disposal experts attended the scene and examined the stash.

In 2014 a substantial amount of high explosives were found in the same property which is home to scores of people. It emerged in court that the find included 2.5kg of semtex.

PSNI Detective Inspector Stuart Griffin said considerable inconvenience had been caused to residents and he thanked them for their co-operation.

"This has caused residents considerable inconvenience and I would like to pass my thanks on to them for their patience and co-operation throughout the duration of this operation," he said.

"Thankfully these suspected explosives are no longer in the public domain.

"I would ask anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact detectives at Castlereagh Police Station on the non emergency number 101."

Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee has welcomed the news that explosives found in the New Lodge area have been made safe.

"I welcome the fact that these explosives have been made safe and I hope the area can now return to normal following the disruption of the security alert," he said.

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