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'Shotgun' found at play park in Belfast - road and leisure centre closed

Published 13/10/2016

Whiterock Leisure Centre in Belfast was closed due to discovery of a firearm
Whiterock Leisure Centre in Belfast was closed due to discovery of a firearm

Police have seized a firearm found at the building site of a new children's play park in Belfast.

The item was found at the site in the Whiterock Close area on Thursday morning.

Whiterock Close was closed to traffic and the Whiterock Leisure Centre and Whiterock Community Centre evacuated before the suspected firearm was recovered and taken away for further examination.

The road and buildings have now been reopened.

Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast, Pat Sheehan said the firearm was a shotgun and slammed those responsible.

He added: "Those responsible for leaving a shotgun at the site of the new children's play park on the Whiterock Road have endangered this community.

”It is completely unacceptable and is to be condemned in the strongest terms.

"This is a new play park being being built in an area that sits beside both a primary school and the local leisure centre.

"It is fortunate that given the amount of children in the area that this has been found and taken off our streets.

"I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to bring that information to the PSNI."

Inspector Roy Burnside added: "I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in this area to contact Woodbourne Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 180 of 13/10/16. 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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