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Police take six hours to respond to bomb call - 'I could have been burying my daughter,' says Belfast dad

A father expressed his disgust after it took police six hours to respond to a report of a "pipe bomb" found in the garden of a family home in north Belfast.

Police received a report at 8.28am on Thursday of a loud bang at around 11pm the previous night with the resident saying had found a metal bar with wires coming out of it in her Fortwilliam Parade home's garden.

Officers did not arrive on the scene until 2.30pm, six hours later.

Residents were evacuated and the object was examined by the bomb squad before being declared an elaborate hoax.

Stephen, whose 13-year-old daughter stepped over the device, told the Nolan Show on BBC Radio Ulster he was “disgusted” it took the PSNI so long to respond to the report.

“My youngest daughter stepped over this device on her way to school yesterday morning," he said.

"What would have happened if it exploded? She didn’t know what it was, she’s 13.”

Stephen, whose ex-wife lives with his daughter at the property, said the police were told there was a wire coming out of the metal pole.

He said: “We live in Northern Ireland... a device with wires coming out of it, an alarm goes off right away.

He added: “I want answers why it took so long for the police to respond to this report. Why did it take six hours? If it had of been a real device, what would have happened?

"Would I be getting ready to bury my daughter this morning.”

The PSNI has said it is currently reviewing how the initial report of the incident was dealt with.

A PSNI spokeswoman added: "This incident not only caused great concern to the residents of the property, but also caused disruption for many other local families and the wider community.

“We are working to establish a motive for this incident and are appealing for anyone with information to contact detectives in Belfast by calling 101, quoting reference number 269 17/05/18.

“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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