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Suspected ammunition found in police search in west Belfast

A quantity of suspected ammunition was recovered following a police search

A QUANTITY of suspected ammunition was recovered by police yesterday following a search in west Belfast.

The items were found in the Bell Steel area of Poleglass, close to the Glenbawn housing estate.

There was a heavy police presence in the area for several hours yesterday with bomb disposal teams involved in the operation.

Police said the planned searches were focused on dissident republican activity.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Adrian Brown said: "Detectives from the PSNI's Terrorism Investigation Unit (TIU) conducted a planned search in the Bell Steel area of west Belfast this morning, Sunday, 20 January, in relation to an ongoing investigation into dissident republican activity.

"A quantity of suspected ammunition was recovering during the search.

"It has been taken away for further forensic examination. "

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