Controlled explosion carried out on abandoned Cushendall car
Families were moved from their homes after an abandoned car sparked a security alert at a Co Antrim tourist spot.
Army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion on the deserted vehicle in the centre of Cushendall yesterday. The vehicle, which had been stolen on Monday night, was left at Moyle View in the picturesque village.
A PSNI spokeswoman said nothing suspicious had been found in the car but said police were investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.
North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has condemned the incident.
He said: “There is a great deal of anger in Cushendall at the actions of those who stole and abandoned this car, particularly from residents in Moyle View who have been forced to evacuate their homes.
“Two cars were stolen in the area last night and whilst police are uncertain of whether this was solely a case of car crime or not the evacuations and controlled explosions have caused immense distress to residents in this otherwise peaceful village.”
Police are also investigating reports of another vehicle theft in Cushendall on Monday night.