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Belfast golf club evacuated after suspicious object discovered- device found underneath vehicle

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in Shandon Park golf club on June 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in Shandon Park golf club on June 1st 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

A golf club in east Belfast has been evacuated after the discovery of a suspicious object.

Police are at the scene of a security alert at the Shandon Park Golf Club.

Police said the golf club has been evacuated as a precaution.

It is understood a device has been found underneath a car that was parked outside the golf club.

The Police Helicopter has been deployed to the area, which is near PSNI headquarters.

The BBC reports around 70 people were on the course at the time of the alert, and around 50 in the clubhouse.

The car park was packed with golfers attending a tournament on Saturday.

One told staff at the club he had found something under his car, prompting the security alert.

It is unclear when the device was left there.

Police cordons have been established and a robot used to investigate the suspect device.

DUP East Belfast MLA and Policing Board Member Joanne Bunting said: “My father was a member of the club for years. Shandon is a very busy club with many golfers and social members on the premises. It is surrounded by residential communities.

"It would be absolutely wreckless for anyone to target such a busy area with an explosive device.

"Whether or not this is a viable device remains to be seen but either way we should recognise the alertness and swift response of all involved. Nevertheless,it will have caused disruption, inconvenience and worry.

"It’s regrettable that there are still those who wish to take us back to the dark days of Northern Ireland. They are on a fruitless mission. The people of East Belfast will not be cowed by terrorists. We are a much stronger community than that.”

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