Campbell: ‘Time to get tough on these terrorist cowards’

A view of the area where dissident republicans left a bomb which was discovered in an alleyway beside Holy Cross Boys' Primary School in Ardoyne, north Belfast
A view of the area where dissident republicans left a bomb which was discovered in an alleyway beside Holy Cross Boys' Primary School in Ardoyne, north Belfast
  • MP’s plea after bomb left at primary school

Police and the courts must “get tougher” on dissident republicans, following the latest bid to murder PSNI officers.

That was the demand from a senior DUP MP yesterday, after terrorists planted a bomb near Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School in Ardoyne, north Belfast.

A number of residents, including pensioners and children, were evacuated for several hours as the security alert took place.

The PSNI said the “viable device” was an attempt to murder security force members, but added that it could have easily led to the deaths of people in the local community.

Describing those responsible as “cowards”, DUP MP Gregory Campbell told the News Letter: “To leave a bomb outside a school is utterly despicable and the full force of the law must be brought to bear on those responsible.

“The police and the courts must take a tougher stance on dissident republicans, but the key to stopping this is to make sure that people in the local community are prepared to give any information they have to police to ensure the perpetrators are caught.”

Police have said a bomb which was left outside the gates of a primary school in north Belfast was an attempt to kill PSNI officers

Police have said a bomb which was left outside the gates of a primary school in north Belfast was an attempt to kill PSNI officers

The device was discovered close to Holy Cross Boys' Primary School, Chief Superintendent Chris Noble (pictured) told media.

The device was discovered close to Holy Cross Boys' Primary School, Chief Superintendent Chris Noble (pictured) told media.