Northern Ireland

Pipe bomb made safe in Belfast's Village area

A pipe bomb

A pipe bomb has been made safe in south Belfast.

Police said that the "crude but viable device" was found at about 1100 BST on Thursday following a report of suspicious activity at Fane Street in the Village area.

A number of homes were evacuated after the device was found close to the railway line.

The Army carried out a controlled explosion. People have now returned to their homes.

The Enterprise train services between Dublin and Belfast was disrupted as a result of the alert, with passengers being bussed between Lisburn and Belfast.

Paula Bradshaw from the Ulster Unionist Party condemned the attack. She said it was "a shocking example to set".

Alliance assembly member for South Belfast, Anna Lo, said: "The people who left this pipe bomb have no regard for the lives of other people.

"The only thing that they are offering is death, injury and disruption."

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.