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Bomb found in north Belfast security alert connected to hate crime

Published 25/08/2016

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Atlantic Avenue area of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspicious object in the area. Atlantic Avenue has been closed to traffic and a number of homes evacuated.
Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Atlantic Avenue area of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspicious object in the area. Atlantic Avenue has been closed to traffic and a number of homes evacuated. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Atlantic Avenue area of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspicious object in the area. Atlantic Avenue has been closed to traffic and a number of homes evacuated. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Atlantic Avenue area of north Belfast following the discovery of a suspicious object in the area. Atlantic Avenue has been closed to traffic and a number of homes evacuated. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

A bomb found in north Belfast is connected to a hate crime in the area, police have said.

Homes were evacuated and Atlantic Avenue was closed during the security alert. All roads have now been re-opened.

Army bomb squad experts examined a suspicious object and have declared it to be a viable device which has been removed for forensic examination.

Police have connected the device to a hate crime, when a window was broken by a large rock at a residential property.

Local Policing Inspector David McBride said: "Police are currently investigating these incidents and I appeal for information from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity in the area between midnight and 9.30am this morning to contact Police at Tennent Street on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 327 of 25th August.

"Alternatively, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

“This incident caused inconvenience, disruption and upset for the local community of North Belfast and I would like to thank the members of the public for their patience and cooperation during the operation this morning.”

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