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Firearm found in car set on fire in Antrim

A suspected firearm was behind a security alert in Antrim, police have said
A suspected firearm was behind a security alert in Antrim, police have said
Jonathan Bell

By Jonathan Bell

A suspected firearm was behind a security alert in Antrim, police have said.

The item was found in a car which had been set alight in the Tarragon Road area of the town in the early hours of yesterday.

The area was sealed off for most of the morning as police, Army bomb disposal experts and forensics officers attended the scene.

Superintendent Sue Steen said: "Officers attended a report of a car deliberately set alight shortly after 2.45am.

"The fire was extinguished and a suspicious object was located inside the vehicle.

"A suspected firearm has now been removed from the vehicle by police for further examination and residents who were impacted have now returned to their homes."

SDLP councillor Roisin Lynch said the incident had forced families out of their homes and into freezing conditions.

"Those behind this alert have caused serious disruption at a busy time of year for these families and should be ashamed of their actions," she said.

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