Belfast Telegraph

Drone aids in bid to defuse bomb

Police used a remotely-controlled drone as part of a security operation to defuse a small bomb in North Belfast tonight.

Several families had to leave their homes in the republican Ardoyne district when the viable device was discovered in Jamaica Street. Neighbours claimed it had been thrown at two men.

The unmanned aerial system was bought by the police in Northern Ireland earlier this year for the G8 conference of world leaders in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.

This was the first time the drone operated by a member of the PSNI's air support unit has been used since then. It is a small aircraft with a maximum wingspan of ten feet.

After army explosive experts dealt with the device, police said: "The use of an unmanned aerial system assisted in this clearance operation and minimised disruption to the local community by bringing the incident to a safe and satisfactory conclusion"

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