Northern Ireland

Belfast man took pipe bomb from children twice

A man has told how he had to take a pipe bomb twice from children playing in the street.

As he went to call police he said: "The kids lifted it again brought it to another street".

The device sparked a security alert in north Belfast.

A number of homes were evacuated after the pipe bomb was discovered at Hartwell Place on Saturday.

The man said after he first removed the item from the children he placed it in an alleyway and went to telephone the police, but the children moved it again.

"I went around and got it and put it in the entry again. When the police came, a policeman said: it is a pipe bomb, we'll have to get everyone out of their houses."

'Lives at risk'

The army examined the pipe bomb and made it safe. Police said it "was capable of causing death or serious injury".

PSNI Chief Inspector Ian Campbell condemned those behind the attack.

He urged people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious object to police.

"Those responsible have no qualms about putting local people's lives at risk and causing chaos and disruption to the community," he said.

"There is no doubt that this device had the potential to cause serious injury or death.

"Obviously people are getting fed up with this. The people involved in these incidents clearly have a blatant disregard for kids and are prepared to risk the lives of local kids to attack my officers."

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