Northern Ireland

Viable device found in north Belfast alert

A device found during a security alert in the New Lodge area of north Belfast was viable, police have confirmed.

A number of houses were evacuated in Stratheden Street shortly before 0700 GMT on Thursday.

A controlled explosion was carried out and the device was taken away for examination.

Residents were later allowed to return to their homes. It is the second time a device has been left in the area in recent months.

On 23 December, 50 homes in the same street were evacuated after what police described as a "crude but viable" device was found.

Sinn Fein MLA Caral Ni Chuilin said those behind the attack were "reckless".

"The people responsible need to come forward and explain their actions... there is no support for what they are doing.

"It was a serious situation. It could have been a lot worse had that device gone off."