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Antrim security alert: Suspected firearm found in car set on fire

Police and forensic officer at Tarragon Park in Antrim. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Police and forensic officer at Tarragon Park in Antrim. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye
Police and forensic officer at Tarragon Park in Antrim. Photo by Matt Mackey / Press Eye

A suspected firearm was behind a security alert in Antrim.

The item was found in a car which had been set alight in the Tarragon Road area of the town in the early hours of Friday morning.

The area was sealed off for most of Friday morning as police, army bomb disposal experts and forensics officers attended the scene.

Superintendent Sue Steen said: “Officers attended a report of a car deliberately set alight shortly after 2.45am this morning.  The fire was extinguished and a suspicious object was located inside the vehicle.

“A suspected firearm has now been removed from the vehicle by police for further examination and residents who were impacted have now returned to their homes.

"All roads have now re-opened and police would like to thank the local community for their patience and understanding, as officers worked to keep the area safe.

“Enquiries are continuing to establish the circumstances surrounding this incident and we would appeal to anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area to contact police on 101, quoting reference number 124 03/01/20. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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