Two dissident arrests amid Larne alert

Published Thursday, 28 February 2013
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Two men have been arrested in Larne, Co Antrim in relation to an ongoing security alert in the area.

Two dissident arrests amid Larne alert
Police returned to the scene of the blast on Thursday afternoon. (© UTV)

They were detained by detectives from the Serious Crime Branch on Thursday in connection with dissident republican terrorist activity.

A first suspect, 23, was arrested in the evening while another man, 41, was arrested later that night.

They are both being held at Antrim PSNI station.

A police spokesperson said that a number of suspect items were recovered from the scene of the alert at Britannia Crescent.

Earlier, police said dissident republicans could be linked to a blast on the same street on Wednesday night which damaged a fence outside a house.

The explosion happened shortly before 11pm.

Britannia Crescent is closed to traffic at its junction with the Seahill Road.

Oliver McMullan, Sinn Féin MLA for East Antrim, said he is requesting an urgent meeting with the local PSNI commanders to find out why officers declared a security alert in the area one day after the initial explosion.

"I would like to know if there was danger to the local community during this time," he said.

Stewart Dickson, Alliance MLA for the area, has expressed concern over the blast being linked to dissidents.

"There is no place in our society for any sort of violence. People want to go about their daily lives without the fear of attack. I would urge whoever is responsible for this explosion to stop their activities before somebody is killed.

"The Police need the co-operation of the public, so I would urge anybody with any information about this explosion to contact them," he added.

© UTV News
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10 Comments
dougie in ards wrote (513 days ago):
petand,,,, i notice your a proper republican , you gave your location as londonderry , i thought all republicans called it derry haha who's the fool now
BRENT CLEMENTS in Belfast wrote (515 days ago):
No such thing as being a republician in larne its 2013 if you wore a celtic shirt you are accused of being a PIRA SUPPORTER I SHOULD KNOW IT IS MY HOME TOWN
Dave in larne wrote (515 days ago):
@ Ciaran. I agree with you 100%. It is very innapropriate to comment on a subject before all the facts are available.
DAVE in larne wrote (515 days ago):
I was talking to the Deputy Mayor of Lane at the time of the first explosion. I awaited confirmation from media before making any coments on facebook. None where forthcoming. while sitting on my balcony, I witnessed a second wave of bomb disposal units arriving into the town. I phoned UTV, who told me that the PSNI had not reported any incidents in the Larne area. The reporter told me that she would look into it. Within 10 minutes of my call, the UTV website news page was updated. My pont is, why did the PSNI not call this into the newsrooms, as is protocol ? Is larne not important enough ?
Tom in China wrote (515 days ago):
Sadly Petand while you worry about republicans sneering at unionism (which couldnt be farther from the truth since they are blatantly being subjugated) you will find the entire world is in fact sneering at northern ireland due to the actions of the loyalist cause in recent months. So long as this cycle of hatred and bigotry continues, no one will take either northern ireland nor unionism seriously. I would concern yourself more with the violent actions of loyalist protests than Bertie's grammar and education.
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