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Belfast pipe bomb found in front garden 'crude, but viable'

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Roseleigh Street area of north Belfast on June 19th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Roseleigh Street area of north Belfast on June 19th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

A pipe bomb found in the garden of a north Belfast house is a "crude, but viable" device, police have confirmed.

A number of homes were evacuated in north Belfast on Wednesday after the device was discovered.

The object was found in the front garden of a house in Roseleigh Street.

All residents have now been allowed to return to their homes.

Police said that ATO declared the device as viable and it has been taken away for further forensic examination.

Local SDLP councillor Paul McCusker said local people had been left "distressed and angry" by the incident.

“Those responsible have nothing to offer this community. We’re trying to build a better North Belfast and acts like this only make that harder. They have to be faced down.

“I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward."

Sinn Fein councillor Shauneen Baker said those behind the alert "have shown complete disregard for the lives of people in the local area".

"There can be no justification for this type of reckless activity," she said.

Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Roseleigh Street area of north Belfast on June 19th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Roseleigh Street area of north Belfast on June 19th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)
Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in the Roseleigh Street area of north Belfast on June 19th 2019 (Photo by Kevin Scott for Belfast Telegraph)

Detective Sergeant Sam McCallum appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“Police would like to thank the local community for their patience while we worked to keep them safe.  Keeping people safe is of paramount importance and we will not take any chances," he said.

"I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone with any information that could help our investigation to contact detectives in Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1008 19/06/19. 

"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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