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Church hall bomb cache there since the 1980s

By John Mulgrew

Workmen who discovered coffee jar bombs in the roofspace of a church hall could have been killed if they had exploded, according to an Assembly Member.

The viable bombs were found at St Joseph’s church hall on Bridge Road in Dunloy yesterday afternoon.

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey said the devices may have been in the hall for many years.

“They were found by workmen and have been said to be coffee jar-type devices. They were wrapped in newspaper dating back to the 1980s,” he said.

“There is an assumption being made that these devices were there for a long time. These devices were putting people at risk and those using the hall at risk.”

The MLA for the area said the finding of potentially “lethal” devices showed the level of depravity among those responsible.

“People such as this have no regard for their own community. These people are prepared to use the roof space of a parochial hall,” he added.

Army technical officers removed the devices last night for further examination.

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