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Small bomb found in east Belfast security alert

By Claire Williamson

A bomb has been found during a security alert in east Belfast.

Army bomb experts examined the suspicious object which was been declared a "viable crude improvised explosive device".

The device has now been taken away for forensic examination.

The Beersbridge Road in Belfast was closed in both directions near its junction with Bloomfield Road.

It has now re-opened to traffic.

East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson condemned those responsible.

He said: "Anyone involved in constructing such a device has a reckless disregard for the lives of people in the area. Given the nature of any such device there was the potential for serious injury or worse. There was disruption to the lives of people in the area however as necessary precautions were taken to make it safe.

"I would pay tribute to the emergency services who are called to deal with such situations as they put themselves on the front-line to protect the public. We all owe them an immense debt of gratitude."

East Belfast Ulster Unionist MLA, Andy Allen said: "Whoever was responsible for leaving it at that location showed complete disregard for the safety of the community. Had it exploded it could have caused serious injuries or even fatalities.

"The people of east Belfast want a peaceful future. They face very real problems in terms of jobs, housing, healthcare and educational opportunities for their children. These are the issues on which they want to focus and the last thing they need are criminals leaving explosive devices in the heart of their communities.

PSNI's Inspector Thornton appealed for anyone with any information about the incident to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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