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Controlled explosion carried out during Carrickfergus security alert

A controlled explosion has been carried out during a security alert in Carrickfergus.

Army bomb experts were sent to the scene of the alert in the the Broadlands Gardens area.

Some 20 to 30 residents have been evacuated to a nearby leisure centre.

Alliance's Stewart Dickson condemned those responsible for the suspicious object.

"I condemn those behind this alert, who have succeeded in disrupting the lives of many in a normally quiet area of Carrickfergus," said the East Antrim MLA.

"My thoughts are with all residents forced from their homes by those intent on dragging Northern Ireland back to the dark days of the past.

"This action is completely unacceptable and I want to praise everyone who has played in ensuring residents were quickly accommodated elsewhere."
 

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