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deadly discovery Councillors hit out after Antrim child finds 'viable' pipe bomb on the way to school

The find comes after a similar device was left in Glenavy last month

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PACEMAKER PRESS  BELFAST 16/06/2021
Police and ATO at the scene of  a security alert in Main Street in Glenavy following the discovery of a suspicious object.
Main Street is closed and diversions are in place at the junctions with Glen Road and Moira Road.
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PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 16/06/2021 Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in Main Street in Glenavy following the discovery of a suspicious object. Main Street is closed and diversions are in place at the junctions with Glen Road and Moira Road. Pic Pacemaker

PACEMAKER PRESS BELFAST 16/06/2021 Police and ATO at the scene of a security alert in Main Street in Glenavy following the discovery of a suspicious object. Main Street is closed and diversions are in place at the junctions with Glen Road and Moira Road. Pic Pacemaker

Local councillors have slammed those who left a viable pipe bomb on a main thoroughfare of a County Antrim village after the device was discovered by a child.

The young boy found the deadly device on Main Street in Glenavy yesterday morning while walking to school with his father.

ATO had to attend the scene and remove the pipe bomb, which had been taken away for further forensic examination.

During the security alert in the village, several residents nearby had to evacuate their homes.

They sought shelter in St Aidan’s church hall while ATO dealt with the device.

The find comes after a similar device was found in the same area of Glenavy last month.

Alliance councillor David Honeyford described the incident as “beyond belief”.

He added: 'Yet again we have seen how reckless people have placed the lives of the local community at risk by leaving this device in the middle of the village. Children going to school could have been killed had this exploded.

"Glenavy is a quiet rural village where people just want to enjoy life.

"It’s time for this to stop and anyone with information should pass it to the police whose lives have been disrupted."

Sinn Féin councillor Gary McCleave said: "Another reckless attack on our community with a device left in Glenavy Main Street when children are making their way to school.

"Those responsible need to leave our community in peace, these actions are not wanted."

A PSNI spokesperson said: “Detectives investigating would appeal to anyone who may have any information about the incident to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 292 of 16/06/21.”

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