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Army technical officers pictured at the scene of a security alert in the Ashford Lodge area of Newtownabbey. Photograph:Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Army technical officers pictured at the scene of a security alert in the Ashford Lodge area of Newtownabbey. Photograph:Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said Army experts are examining a pipe bomb found in Newtonabbey

The Police Service of Northern Ireland said Army experts are examining a pipe bomb found in Newtonabbey

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Army technical officers pictured at the scene of a security alert in the Ashford Lodge area of Newtownabbey. Photograph:Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

A pipe bomb has been discovered in Newtownabbey.

It was taken away by Army experts for examination, according to PSNI Inspector Alexander Johnston.

He said: " All roads have now reopened and residents are returning home."

Some people were earlier asked to leave their homes at Ashford Lodge.

Alliance Newtownabbey councillor John Blair said: "I am outraged that a pipe bomb was left in a residential area. Those responsible have no regards for the lives of other people.

"Anybody could have been killed had it exploded. Much distress has been caused to those in the area.

"I would like to praise the actions of the police and Army officers who dealt with this device. Their bravery stands in stark contrast to the evil intentions of those who left this bomb in a residential area."

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