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PSNI appeal for information after discovery of suspicious object in Belfast

By Michael Sheils McNamee

The PSNI has appealed for information following the discovery of a suspicious object in Belfast.

The discovery was made outside a house on Stanhope Street in the north of the city on Saturday.

Anti-terrorism officers attended the scene and the object, which contained component parts, was taken away for further examination.

Speaking about the incident, Superintendent Norman Haslett said: "A number of residents were moved from their homes during this alert and we are thankful to them for their patience. Those who left this object in a residential area clearly have no regard for the people living here and I am appealing for the community’s support in identifying those responsible."

Speaking about the discovery, North Belfast Sinn Fein MLA Carál Ni Chuilín condemned those responsible, saying that the devices was let in a "residential area populated with families, many with young children".

"It is also the second such incident in as many days. The people of north Belfast should not have to put up with this kind of threat and disruption to their lives. They want an end to it and an end to armed groups who bring nothing but misery to this community," she said.

On Friday Little George Street in Belfast was closed after the discovery of an object initially believed to be a pipe bomb. 

Anyone who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area is urged to contact detectives from the Criminal Investigation Branch in Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101 with the reference 1188 and the date 26/08/2017.

Members of the public can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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