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Dark days: Police at a security alert at Devonshire Place in west Belfast

Dark days: Police at a security alert at Devonshire Place in west Belfast

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Dark days: Police at a security alert at Devonshire Place in west Belfast

In a week when Northern Ireland suffered bomb alerts, petrol bomb attacks, stabbing incidents and shootings, our criminal underbelly has raised its ugly head once again.

Organised crime has been on the march over the last few weeks but the sheer volume of incidents this week alone has been of huge concern.

Fifteen families were forced to leave their homes in Newry last Saturday as police investigated an explosive device, while a petrol bomb was thrown at a property in Cookstown.


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