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Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Suspect device found in Armoy declared a hoax

A suspect device was found earlier today outside an address in the Co Antrim village of Armoy, has since been declared a hoax.

The device, which was believed to be a pipe bomb, was found outside a home in the Fairhill Street area.

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A number of house were evacuated and the scene secured by police while Army Technical Offices examined the device.

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Police have released the following appeal,

“Detectives in Coleraine are now appealing for information following a security alert in Armoy earlier today (Saturday 31st August).

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“At around 4:50am, police received a report of a suspicious device in the Fair Hill Street area.

“A number of residents were evacuated as a public safety operation was carried out.

“ATO were tasked to the scene. The object has been taken away for further examination. It has since been declared a hoax.

“Residents have since been allowed to return to their homes. No roads were closed during the operation.”

Detective Inspector Peter McKenna said:

“I want to thank the community for their co-operation as we worked to make the scene safe.

“I would appeal to anyone who noticed anyone acting suspiciously in the area to contact detectives in Coleraine on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 298 of 31/08/19.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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