Bomb fears spark alert

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Bomb fears spark alert thumbnailPolice and army bomb experts at Carnany Park in Ballymoney

POLITICIANS have united to condemn a weekend hoax pipe bomb attack  in
Ballymoney  which led to the evacuation of local families.
The alarm was raised after a brick was used to smash the front window of
a property in Carnany Park on Friday night before the device was thrown
Detective Sergeant Leighanne Miller said the occupants had discovered
the broken window and the suspicious item in their living room at around
8.30am on Saturday.
Police were alerted and when ATO examined the device they found it was
an elaborate hoax. It  was  removed  for forensic examination.
"While the security operation was ongoing, it was necessary to evacuate
a number of nearby homes as a safety precaution. This obviously caused
disruption to the weekend routine for many families and older people.
“We are working to establish a motive for this incident and we are
appealing for anyone with information to please get in touch." DUP MLA
Mervyn Storey, who attended the scene, described the incident as "a
mindless attack."
The North Antrim MLA said: " It is again extremely sad that another
family has been subjected to what can only be described as a mindless act.
“To place young children and their parents in such danger is despicable.
Today in Ballymoney our children with their families are enjoying all
the activities of the Spring Fair,  however that is not the case for
this young family.
“Instead they have been forced out of their home in fear and were
undoubtedly placed in danger  as a result of this pipe (hoax) bomb attack.
“I again appeal to whoever is involved  to stop and bring an end to such
attacks which only instil fear in the community."
Following the incident, Sinn Féin MLA Philip McGuigan said: "These thugs
and criminals have no agenda other than lining their own pockets.
"They have no place in society and  it is high time they left the stage.
The local community want to see a targeted response by the PSNI to
arrest and convict this gang and put an end to these activities."
* Anyone with information is urged to contact Coleraine detectives by 
calling 101, quoting reference number 316 14/04/18."


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