Belfast Telegraph

Children were nearby unexploded devices in north Belfast

Children were playing nearby to two unexploded devices in north Belfast, it is being reported.

The BBC reports two viable devices were recovered by workmen as they were clearing ivy away from the front of a property.

As there were children playing nearby the workmen brought the devices to safety before calling the police.

Residents around the New Lodge area earlier had to leave their homes, but were able to return once the alert ended.

The alert came after two suspicious objects were discovered closed to a community centre in the Churchill Street area at around 1pm on Wednesday.

Churchill Street, Lepper Street, and Dawson Street were all closed to traffic for a period of time.

Residents were evacuated to the community centre on North Queen Street on Wednesday afternoon.

Army Technical Officers - who are responsible for bomb disposal - attended the scene and carried out controlled explosions on both devices.

Sinn Fein councillor JJ Magee also said two pipe bombs were discovered by workmen.

“I’m relieved that no one has been hurt and these lethal weapons have now being taken off the streets," he said. 

“The discovery of these devices has caused serious disruption in the area which has now been sealed off by police with residents and workers evacuated.

“These devices could have endangered residents in the area or the workmen who discovered them.

"I would appeal to anyone with information to contact the police.”

Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson said: “These devices could have killed or seriously injured members of the public walking past the place where they had been crudely hidden.

“Such a reckless act should have no place in our society and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area in recent days, or anyone who has any information that could help with our investigation to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 577 of 22/8/18.”

Alternatively the public can contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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