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West Belfast security alert: police find improvised explosive device in Colin Road area of Dunmurry

Published 22/09/2015

Pictured is police and forensic officers in the Cloona Lane area of Poleglass in West Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is police and forensic officers in the Cloona Lane area of Poleglass in West Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cloona area of Poleglass where ATO who were searching the area. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cloona area of Poleglass where ATO who were searching the area. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye
ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Cloona area of Poleglass where ATO who were searching the area. Picture - Kevin Scott / Presseye

Police searching grassland in the Colin Road area of Dunmurry have discovered an 'improvised explosive device'.

Police said the device had the capability to cause serious injury and was left in an open public area "where anybody, including children, could have found it."

Pictured is police and forensic officers in the Cloona Lane area of Poleglass in West Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is police and forensic officers in the Cloona Lane area of Poleglass in West Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye

Detective Inspector Stuart Griffin said: "ATO attended the find of a suspicious object and have declared it to be an improvised explosive device which has now been taken away for further forensic examination.

"I would ask anyone with any information about this incident to contact their local police station 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."

The Footprints Women's Centre, its creche and three homes were evacuated during the alert.

Sinn Fein councillor Stephen Magennis told the BBC that those responsible have no support.

"We're hoping that these people [responsible for the bomb] will finally get the message - they have no mandate within this area, they have no support," he said.

"Why do they continue to put the residents and children in danger?"

Pictured is police and forensic officers in the Cloona Lane area of Poleglass in West Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye
Pictured is police and forensic officers in the Cloona Lane area of Poleglass in West Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott / Presseye

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