Security alert ends after pipe bomb found in NI village

A security alert in a Co Antrim village has ended.

Police received a report that a device had been left outside an address in the Moneyleck Park area of Rasharkin around 10pm on Tuesday nigh.

A security alert in Rasharkinhas now ended, police have confirmed. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

A security alert in Rasharkinhas now ended, police have confirmed. PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

Following further examination, two viable pipe bomb type devices were recovered.

One device was located on the windowsill outside one property while the second was thrown through a front window.

Residents have now been able to return to their homes.

Inspector Colin Ash Said: “I would like to thank the local community for their patience in giving us time as we dealt with the incident.

The scene in Rasharkin on Tuesday night after the discovery of a viable pipe bomb device PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

The scene in Rasharkin on Tuesday night after the discovery of a viable pipe bomb device PICTURE KEVIN MCAULEY/MCAULEY MULTIMEDIA

“Our enquiries are continuing and I would appeal to anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area or anyone with any information, to contact police on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1321 of 16/04/19.”

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.”