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Carrickfergus bomb fears force police to evacuate 30 residents

Up to 30 residents had to be evacuated from their homes in Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, yesterday afternoon during a security alert.

Army bomb experts carried out four controlled explosions on a suspicious object discovered in a garden in Broadlands Gardens.

Police said that between 20 and 30 residents were taken to a nearby leisure centre.

Policing and Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) chairman, Andrew Wilson, said that 12 homes had been evacuated in the cul-de-sac and that police were taking every precaution.

"It's a quiet area and very unusual for anything like this to happen," the UUP councillor said.

"Both the PSNI and council staff have done an excellent job in a multi-agency response to the security alert." Mr Wilson said.

"Carrickfergus as a community and I as PCSP chair unreservedly condemn any acts of intimidation on our residents."

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