Northern Ireland

Neil Lennon bomb probe: fifth device found in Belfast

Police investigating parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two other people have said another suspect package has been found in Belfast.

The package, believed to be a parcel bomb, was addressed to republican group Cairde Na H'Eireann, based in Glasgow.

It was returned undelivered and taken to the Tomb Street Royal Mail office which handles undelivered mail from all over the UK.

It was seized there on 12 April and stored at Musgrave Street PSNI station.

A security alert began there on Tuesday with army bomb experts brought in to examine the package.

It is being made safe and will then be given to police in Scotland to form part of its investigation.

It is understood the PSNI believe the package did not originate in Northern Ireland and has no other connection with NI.

Strathclyde Police said the parcel was similar to four already being investigated and believe it entered the postal system at about the same time.

The packages already discovered were designed to cause serious harm to the recipient.

'Cowardly actions'

Two bombs were sent to Neil Lennon. One was sent to former MSP Trish Godman and another, addressed to Lennon's lawyer Paul McBride QC, was discovered at a postbox in Kilwinning in Ayrshire.

Ch Supt Ruaraidh Nicolson, of Strathclyde Police, said: "We'd like to stress that there is still no intelligence to suggest that these packages pose a threat to the wider public and we would urge people to remain calm.

"The person or people sending these packages are clearly determined to cause fear and alarm to the individuals or organisations concerned.

"This is an utterly despicable crime, committed by an individual or individuals who are prepared to put people in harm's way simply to attract attention to their callous and cowardly actions."

Cairde Na H'Eireann has premises in Glasgow, but it is understood the parcel was not addressed to any specific individual.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said: "Let's be quite clear - the individual or individuals responsible for these disgraceful actions will be apprehended and dealt with with the full force of the law."

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites