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Viable pipe bomb discovered during Newtownabbey security alert

Police have discovered a viable pipe bomb device during a security alert in Arthur Avenue in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

A number of residents had to be evacuated from their homes as a result of the security alert.

The alert is now over and police have said residents can return to their homes.

Inspector Arnie O’Neill confirmed a device was discovered.

“A viable pipe bomb type device has been recovered and taken away for further examination," he said.

"The scene has now been collapsed and evacuated residents can return home."

Sinn Féin councillor Michael Goodman condemned the security alert.

"This attack was wrong and must be utterly condemned," he said.

"It has brought nothing but disruption to the local community with residents being evacuated from their homes.

"Those responsible have nothing to offer the community.

“Anyone with information on this attack should bring it forward to the PSNI.”

Inspector O'Neill asked for anyone with information to come forward.

"I am appealing for anyone with information regarding this incident to get in touch with police by calling 101, quoting reference number 504 06/05/18,” he said.

"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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