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Device found in Carnlough was viable, police confirm

PSNI with sniffer dogs at the scene of a security alert outside the BBC on Ormeau Avenue. Picture by Mal McCann
Brendan Hughes

A VIABLE device has been removed for forensic examination following one of several security alerts over the Twelfth.

The alert was sparked by a suspicious object found in Carnlough in Co Antrim.

It was discovered on Tuesday morning in the Drumalla Park and Bay Road area of the village.

Diversions were put in place along Drumourne Road and Ballymena Road.

Sinn Féin's Oliver McMullan said several people were evacuated from their homes.

"The discovery of this suspect device on the outskirts of Carnlough has brought nothing but disruption to the local community," the East Antrim MLA said.

"There is no room for these type of attacks in our society and they must end immediately."

Police confirmed on Tuesday night that the device was viable.

SDLP councillor Margaret Anne McKillop said the security alert had caused "significant disruption" and urged people to assist the police.

Earlier, a controlled explosion was carried out on a hoax device near the BBC's Belfast headquarters.

A metal tube was dropped onto the road from a passing car at Ormeau Avenue, close to the main Orange Order parade route along Dublin Road.

Police sealed off the area and broadcast crews who had set up to film the parade were asked to leave for safety reasons.

It was later declared a hoax and Ormeau Avenue was reopened.

Controlled explosions were also carried out overnight on a suspicious object found on Springfield Road in west Belfast.

A police patrol discovered the item at about 3am and some roads were closed.

It was declared a hoax following an operation by army bomb experts and the roads were reopened at about 5am.

A PSNI spokesman said: "Police will continue to carry out proactive patrols in this and other areas to keep people safe."

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