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Pipe bomb found during Banbridge security alert

A viable device was discovered in the Hawthorne Hill area.
A viable device was discovered in the Hawthorne Hill area.

Police have discovered a viable pipe-bomb type device during a security alert in Banbridge, Co Down.

Around 25 homes were evacuated during the alert in the Hawthorne Hill area on Saturday morning.

The alert has now ended and residents have been allowed to return to their homes.

Police said the device has been taken away for further forensic examination.

Local DUP MLA Carla Lockhart said the security alert caused significant disruption for everyone involved.

“I condemn this type of activity in what is a quiet residential area of Banbridge. Families were disrupted and had to be evacuated to a local parish hall. Most alarmingly a viable device has been taken away for further investigation," the Upper Bann MLA said.

"I encourage anyone with any information to come forward to the PSNI and report it. It is important that the police apprehend those responsible. It is imperative that information is forthcoming. 

"Thankfully no one was hurt or seriously injured. I trust the families who had to suffer significant disruption will have normality restored.”

Detective Inspector McCamley said that the police investigation was ongoing.

“Police would like to thank the local community for their patience while we worked to keep them safe. Keeping people safe is of paramount importance and we will not take any chances," he said.

"I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone with any information that could help our investigation to contact detectives in Lurgan on 101, quoting reference number 81 of 18/05/19.

"Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."

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