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Man removes hoax bomb from Bangor road, receives PSNI visit

A man has received a visit from police after taking it upon himself to remove a hoax bomb from a road in Bangor.

John-Joe Kelly came across the device on July, Friday 13 while travelling on the Bangor carriageway.

Writing on Facebook, he described the contraption - made from an old Calor gas bottle, black tape and spare wiring - as "the s****** fake bomb ever made", and said he had intervened to "save everyone the hassle of a road closure".

Posting an update on Monday, Mr Kelly said it turned out "removing hoax bombs from public roads before the police get there is kinda frowned upon by the PSNI".

Well it turns out that removing hoax bombs from public roads before the police get there is kinda frowned upon by the...

Posted by John-Joe Kelly on Monday, July 16, 2018

Mr Kelly wrote: "They [the PSNI] paid me a visit today and took it all away for forensic testing etc etc, although i must say it was a friendly event and they seemed to appreciate the funny side of it lol.

"The funniest thing about it tho was that id already nearly finished turning the gas bottle part of it into a quirky VW camper styled log burner.

"It was nearly finished but instead of smoking away and keeping people warm at a garden party, it now resides in the PSNI forensic science lab lol."

The PSNI advise that anyone who discovers a suspicious package should "not open the package", "calmly ask people to leave the area", and contact the police.

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