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Garryduff House care home evacuated following bomb find

By Staff Reporter

People with learning disabilities were evacuated from a residential home as bomb disposal experts carried out a controlled explosion on a pipe-bomb.

The device was discovered on the windowsill of a house on the Ballymena Road, Ballymoney, yesterday.

Care home manager Jackie Peacock told the BBC the alert had been "very disruptive" to Garryduff House residents.

"We had to evacuate the main house that has seven people with learning difficulties, and move them further back at the back bungalow. We've been trying to get staff in and it has been very difficult to get through."

Speaking after visiting the scene, DUP North Antrim MLA Mervyn Storey said: "Those responsible for this suspicious object clearly have no regard for the people of this area.

"Unfortunately, it would seem that there are some who think they are above the law as there have been a number of incidents recently. However, I hope that the police can track down those who are responsible and they are brought to justice."

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