Northern Ireland

Gun recovered during police searches in Short Strand

Army bomb unit at scene of alert in Short Strand in east Belfast
Image caption The security operation in Short Strand began on Wednesday morning

Police have said they have recovered a gun during searches connected to dissident republican activity in the Short Strand area of east Belfast.

Detectives from the PSNI's serious crime branch carried out searches on Wednesday morning and found the firearm in a yard in Mountforde Drive.

It has been removed for examination.

A number of homes in the area were evacuated during the police operation. Residents have now been allowed to return to their properties.