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Homes evacuated in Co Antrim village as PSNI and Army bomb disposal officers investigate suspect device

By David Young

Published 15/08/2015

A bomb disposal unit at the scene of the suspect device in Dervock
A bomb disposal unit at the scene of the suspect device in Dervock

Homes were evacuated in Dervock yesterday afternoon as PSNI and Army bomb disposal officers investigated a suspect device left at McArthur Avenue in the Co Antrim village.

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey condemned the people who planted the device in a residential area.

In a statement, Mr Storey said: "Those responsible for this device have shown a complete disregard for the lives of everyone in the local community.

"At this time of year there are obviously many more children playing outside and this device could have maimed or killed anyone who came into contact with it.

"It is vital that those behind such activities are identified and brought to justice."

Causeway Coast and Glens councillor for the area, Padraig McShane, blamed loyalist paramilitaries for yesterday's pipe-bomb incident.

He was also critical of the PSNI's response to loyalist paramilitarism in the area.

"I expect the discovery of a pipe-bomb in Dervock will be swept under the carpet like so many similar incidents over the last number of years.

"There remains no desire to tackle the sectarian murder gangs that operate under the UDA/UFF banner in the greater North Antrim and East Derry area," the councillor said.

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