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Homebase bomb condemned

A viable pipe bomb found Newtownabbey has been condemned by local representatives.

The device was discovered at a loading area behind the Homebase store on Longwood Road.

Army bomb experts were called to examine the device, which police have described as “viable”.It has been removed for further examination.

Newtownabbey mayor Councillor Billy Webb said: “I am disgusted at news of this find. Incidents of this nature are aimed at causing disruption and fear. We are trying to grow our economy and incidents like this which affect a business are deeply troubling. Those who seek to cause instability must not be allowed to succeed.”

SDLP councillor Noreen McClelland has said the pipebomb left at the store was dangerous to public health and only served to damage the local economy.

Ms McClelland said: “Whoever carried out this incident has shown blatant disregard for the public and for the economy of their local area.

“These attacks are victimising legitimate businesses, threatening jobs, costing wages and doing a huge disservice.”

Alliance Councillor, Alderman John Blair added: “This is regrettably typical of those who participate in such activities, dragging us back to the darker days of Northern Ireland's history.

“Everyone who wants us to continue to move forward must unite against this negative and very dangerous activity.”

He appealed to anyone with information to contact police.

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