Northern Ireland

Man charged after ‘viable explosive device’ recovered during Newtownards security alert

Tuesday’s security alert saw homes evacuated in the Rosevale Avenue area

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 6th February 2024

Picture by Graham Baalham-Curry / PressEye

Police are currently in attendance at Rosevale Avenue in Newtownards following the discovery of a suspicious object at a flat in the area.
An ATO robot at the scene of Tuesday's security alert in Newtownards in which a viable explosive device was found. PICTURE: GRAHAM BAALHAM-CURRY/PRESSEYE

A 34-year-old man has been charged following a security alert in Newtownards in which a suspect object was declared a “viable explosive device”.

Homes were evacuated on Tuesday after the object was found at a flat in the Rosevale Avenue area of the town.

Following an examination by ammunition technical officers, the device was made safe and removed from the flat along with a number of suspected firearms for further examination.

The man was arrested and later charged by police with possessing explosives with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury to property, possession of a Class C controlled drug, and possession of firearm(s) or ammunition in suspicious circumstances.

He is due to appear at Downpatrick Magistrates Court on Thursday, and all charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.