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Police carry out a major search operation in the Henry Place area of north Belfast yesterday

Police carry out a major search operation in the Henry Place area of north Belfast yesterday

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police carry out a major search operation in the Henry Place area of north Belfast yesterday

Police carry out a major search operation in the Henry Place area of north Belfast yesterday

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police carry out a major search operation in the Henry Place area of north Belfast yesterday

Police carry out a major search operation in the Henry Place area of north Belfast yesterday

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

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Police carry out a major search operation in the Henry Place area of north Belfast yesterday

Police continued a major search and recovery operation in north Belfast yesterday afternoon after arresting two men from a dissident republican organisation.

Late on Tuesday night, more than 45 armed officers and anti-terror officers had flooded the Lepper Street and Carlisle Parade area, with the security operation continuing into the early hours.

Then at around 3am on Wednesday, officers forced entry into a property in Victoria Barracks, arresting one man. Another was arrested in Sailortown at around the same time. The men, aged 36 and 37, are from the dissident Saoradh party and were detained under the Terrorism Act.

Yesterday afternoon, officers continued their searches in the two properties and established a new scene on a plot of land in Henry Place.

Detective Inspector Andy Workman said: "The two men have been taken to Musgrave Serious Crime Suite where they are currently helping police with their enquiries.

"This operation has been necessary to ensure the safety of local residents and we appreciate the patience and understanding of those people who have had to leave their homes."

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