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Loughguile security alert ends after ‘viable device’ discovered

Police have confirmed that the security alert in Loughguile, during which a viable pipe bomb-type device was discovered, has now ended.

The alert in the Corkey Road area of the north Antrim village began yesterday morning (Sunday).

Police confirmed shortly after 5pm today that it had now ended.

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PSNI Inspector O’Brien said: “Shortly after 8.50am on Sunday, January 16, police received and responded to a report that a device had been left in the area.

A viable pipe bomb - type device has been found during a security alert in Loughguile, Co Antrim. Picture: Pacemaker

“The object, which was located in the Tullyview area, has been declared as a small, viable pipe bomb-type device and was made safe by ammunition technical officers. It has since been taken away for further forensic examinations.

“Cordons have now been greatly reduced and I am keen to reiterate our gratitude to local people, and all those inconvenienced, for their patience as we work to make the area safe.

“This was a completely reckless act and those responsible have shown a blatant disregard for the lives of others. Their actions are reprehensible and are not supported by the local community.

“It is thanks to the assistance of members of the public and the attending services that no injuries were sustained or damage caused as a result of this.

Police described the those behind the Loughguile incident as "reckless" and "reprehensible". Picture: Pacemaker

“At this stage, we believe that the device may have been left sometime between the evening of Saturday, January 15 into the morning of Sunday, January 16.

“Our enquiries continue as we work to establish a motive and we would appeal to anyone with information, or who witnessed anything suspicious, to contact us on 101 quoting reference number 459 of 16/01/22.”

Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org

Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.

Emergency services at the scene of a security alert in Loughguile village, Co Antrim. Picture: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia

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Emergency services at the scene of a security alert in Loughguile, Co Antrim. Picture: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia
The scene at Loughguile in Co Antrim. Picture: Steven McAuley/McAuley Multimedia