Outrage as pipe bomb is found in residential street
A pipe bomb found lying in a residential area could have killed or seriously injured someone, a Belfast councillor has said.
The device was discovered during an overnight security alert in east Belfast.
Police say they were called to Island Street at about 1.40am yesterday after a report that a suspicious object had been discovered in the street.
Army bomb disposal officers examined the object and declared it to be a bomb.
PUP councillor John Kyle said it was a "shocking discovery". "It presents an immediate danger to residents and in particular the young families in the area.
"The people living there overwhelmingly reject violence and there would be no support for people engaging in this activity and I encourage anyone with information to contact the PSNI," he said.
Sonia Copeland, a UUP councillor, added: "I think it's absolutely ridiculous and disgusting that something like that was left in the middle of the road where cars travel up and down no matter what time of the night it is.
"These people have no place in society no matter what reasons they have for putting a device there.
"I would urge anyone with information to contact police and make them aware either through normal channels or confidentially. Whoever did this needs to be caught and put before a court.
"This nonsense has to stop because there is no appetite for it."