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Family with young children forced out of Co Antrim home after hoax pipe bomb attack

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey at the scene of a pipe bomb attack in Ballymoney. Credit: DUP
DUP MLA Mervyn Storey at the scene of a pipe bomb attack in Ballymoney. Credit: DUP

By Mark Edwards

A family with young children in Ballymoney have been forced out of their home after a hoax pipe bomb was thrown into their house.

A brick was used to smash the front window of a property in Carnany Park sometime overnight, and a device was then thrown inside.

Detective Sergeant Leighanne Miller said: “The residents discovered the broken window and the item in their living room at around 8.30am this morning.

"Police were alerted and when ATO examined the device they found it was an elaborate hoax. It has now been removed for forensic examination.

"While the security operation was ongoing, it was necessary to evacuate a number of nearby homes as a safety precaution. This obviously caused disruption to the weekend routine for many families and older people."

DUP MLA Mervyn Storey described the incident as a "mindless attack".

The North Antrim MLA, speaking after visiting the scene, said: "It is again extremely sad that another family has been subjected to what can only be described as a mindless act.

"To place young children and their parents in such danger is despicable.

"Today in Ballymoney our children with their families are enjoying all the activities of the Spring Fair, a day of fun and entertainment, however that is not the case for this young family.

"Instead they have been forced out of their home in fear and were undoubtedly placed in danger last night as a result of this pipe [hoax] bomb attack.

"I again appeal to whoever is involved in such mindless actions to stop and bring an end to such attacks, which only instil fear in the community."

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact detectives in Coleraine by calling 101 316 14/04/18.

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