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'Practice grenade' sparks security alert in Antrim

Police said a practice grenade was removed by the Army in Co Antrim
Police said a practice grenade was removed by the Army in Co Antrim

By Rebecca Black

Police said a practice grenade was removed by the Army in Co Antrim.

The security alert - one of two in Northern Ireland yesterday - happened in Rosses Meadows, off the Tullygarley Road on the outskirts of Ballymena.

The PSNI said an Army bomb disposal unit attended the scene "and removed what is believed to have been a practice grenade". In Co Fermanagh a suspicious object was found at Wattlebridge Road in Newtownbutler, close to the border.

Fermanagh and South Tyrone MLA Arlene Foster said she had been "very concerned" at the news.

"Thinking of the disruption to local community and sending my support to our security teams dealing with the issue," the DUP leader tweeted.

The B533 road southbound from Newtownbutler was closed yesterday.

Superintendent Clive Beatty appealed to members of the public living in or travelling through the area to be vigilant and urged them not to touch any suspicious objects.

"The safety of the community is of paramount importance and anyone with any information in relation to this incident should contact police on 101," he said.

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