ALLERTA A NEWTOWNABBEY, TROVATA BOMBA

Bomb found amid Newtownabbey alert (UTV)

A bomb has been found during a security alert in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

It was discovered in the Cherrylands area of the Doagh Road, near Cloughfern, shortly after 6am on Monday.

Police confirmed the device was viable and army bomb experts carried out a controlled explosion at the scene.

A number of homes were evacuated during the alert and the Valley Leisure Centre was made available to residents.

When the alert ended at around 11am, residents were allowed to return to their homes and all roads reopened.

North Belfast DUP MLA Paula Bradley said it was “deeply shocking” that a bomb was left in a densely populated residential area.

“This security alert caused massive disruption in the Cherrylands and Doagh Road area this morning.

“Those responsible for preparing and planting this device caused great anxiety for residents evacuated from their homes at such an early time of the morning and inconvenience for the wider public.

Councillor Mark Cosgrove condemned those who left the device.

The Ulster Unionist representative said: “Quite why anyone would want to inflict this on the people of Cherrylands is beyond me. These devices are by nature inherently unstable.

“To leave a viable explosive device in a built up area where it could have killed or injured passers-by is simply madness.

“The local community is angry that their safety was jeopardised in this way and I share their anger,” he added.

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