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Carnfunnock: park reopens after 'signifcant terrorist hide' discovery

Published 06/03/2016

Carnfunnock Country Park was closed during security alert (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Carnfunnock Country Park was closed during security alert (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Scene of the find at Carnfunnock Country Park. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
A fishing stool left as a marker at the scene of the explosives find. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Scene of the find. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Police and ATO search teams as they remove bomb making materials from Carnfunnock park. (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)
Carnfunnock park on March 06, 2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye)

Carnfunnock Country Park has been reopened after a quantity of explosives and bomb-making components were uncovered in a 'significant terrorist hide' on Sunday, police have confirmed.

The deadly find was hidden in a number of small plastic barrels which had been buried in a wooded area, according to the PSNI.

Meanwhile, police are currently at the scene of a security alert in the Gelvin Gardens area of Londonderry following the discovery of a suspicious object.

The security alert at Carnfunnock Country Park, near Larne has ended and the park has been re-opened.

A number of items have been taken away for forensic examination.

DUP MP Sammy Wilson described the discovery as "disgraceful" and vowed that terrorism would never win.

He wrote on Twitter: 'Terrorism will never win. The community in Larne and across NI will be rightly appalled. Disgraceful'.

A member of the public alerted the police to the suspicious object at the country park near Larne, Co Antrim on Saturday afternoon.

The PSNI announced on the discovery  of the explosives and partially constructed devices on its Twitter feed just after 1pm on Sunday.

Detective Chief Inspector Gillian Kearney from Serious Crime Branch said it was unclear which terror group the items belonged to.

"All of these items will be subjected to a detailed forensic examination.

"Until this has been completed, it is too early to link these items to any particular grouping, but we are following a number of lines of inquiry.

“I would ask the public to remain vigilant, wherever they are and whatever they are doing. If people report suspicious activity to police, we will act on it to keep people safe.

"We apologise that the park will remain closed for some time while a full clearance operation is carried out, but I hope people will understand the need to put public safety first.”

This is the latest discovery of explosives over the weekend, after police also discovered two viable explosive devices near homes in west Belfast.

The ongoing security alert at Carnfunnock Country Park has closed the popular family destination to the public on Mother's Day.

The PSNI issued a brief statement just before 11am on Sunday that the Ballygally beauty spot was closed "due to an ongoing security alert"  until further notice.


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