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Security alert at Sinn Fein headquarters in west Belfast 'won't deter party's work' vows MP Paul Maskey

Published 16/11/2015

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in which a barrel was placed outside Connolly House in Belfast. Pic: Kevin Scott.

Sinn Fein has said a suspicious object placed at its west Belfast headquarters, which sparked a security alert, won't stop the party from serving the community.

Police cordoned off a part of the Andersonstown Road last night around Connolly House to allow for the Army to examine a barrel which had been left on the pavement outside the building.

Following examinations the object was declared as a hoax.

Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey hit out at those responsible.

He said: “The people responsible for leaving a hoax device at Connolly House on the Andersonstown Road caused nothing but disruption to the entire community.

“Connolly House has and continues to provide a service to the local community and these threats and attacks will not deter Sinn Fein from continuing that service.

“The constituency service provided by Connolly House is used by a large percentage of the local population who have firmly rejected the type of people behind this hoax device.

“I would call on anyone involved in these attacks to listen to the people and desist from this type of activity that only disrupts local communities.”

Inspector Roy Burnside asked anyone who has any information about this incident to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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