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Police probe 'loud bang' in Cushendall - suspected pipe bomb

PSNI Officers pictured at the scene of the blast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
PSNI Officers pictured at the scene of the blast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye
PSNI Officers pictured at the scene of the blast. Credit: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Police are investigating reports of a "loud bang" heard in the village of Cushendall on Wednesday night.

It is understood the noise, which was reported to police at around 11.10pm, may have been caused by a pipe bomb attack on an apartment in the Mill Street area.

Police said damage was caused to the door of the property, a wall and two cars parked nearby.

The Mill Street car park has been cordoned off while officers carry out enquiries.

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said residents in the area are "totally opposed" to any kind of violence.

“I was shocked by reports of an attack on homes in Cushandall last night and immediately contacted the police into the early hours of the morning to establish what had happened," she said.

“People here are totally opposed to this. We don’t want this kind of violence in our area. Those responsible need to get off our backs and should be brought to justice.

“I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious at around 11pm last night to come forward and help police with their investigations.”

PSNI Inspector O'Brien said: “I want to appeal to anyone who was in the area last night, between 11pm and the time the incident was reported to us, and who saw or heard anything suspicious to get in touch by calling 101, quoting reference number 2334 of 03/07/19."

Information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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