Belfast Telegraph

Belfast park bomb 'had been there for a long time'

A bomb discovered in a north Belfast park hailed as a symbol of improving community relations had lain there for some time, police have said.

Army Technical Officers (ATO) investigated the device at Alexandra Park and declared it viable. The alert was raised on Saturday afternoon and the area sealed off.

A PSNI spokesman said: “The object is believed to have been there for a long period of time. The object has been taken away for further forensic examinations.”

Alexandra Park hit the headlines last September after a gate in its peace wall granted access to the whole of the park to both communities for the first time in 17 years.

The interface had been plagued by sectarian violence in the years before the barrier was erected.

Meanwhile, the Ligoniel Road in north Belfast was closed yesterday due to a security alert.

A PSNI spokeswoman said the area was cordoned off before 6pm. She added that the alert was likely to continue overnight.

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