Suspicious object was viable device say police


A suspicious device found in north Belfast in the early hours of this morning was viable, police have said.

Residents at Manor Close had to be evacuated from their homes after the discovery of the object.

Army technical officers attended the scene and declared the device viable. It has now been taken away for examination and residents have been allowed back in their homes.

D/Sergeant Dolores Black said: “ATO attended the scene and declared the suspicious object a viable device. It has been taken away for further examination.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact Detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101. Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Sinn Féin Councillor Mary Doyle has said that the people who left a pipe bomb device at a house in Manor Close were totally irresponsible.

Councillor Doyle said, “Apart from the danger of this device exploding and causing death or serious injury we have seen disruption to local residents on one of the coldest nights of the year.

“People including children and elderly were distressed at the disruption caused by this device.

“The people behind it have been rejected by the local community and need to desist from these activities immediately.

“People who have any information of this attack on the local community should bring it forward to the PSNI.”