Suspect object found after arrests

Published Friday, 05 April 2013
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Police investigating dissident terrorist activity have uncovered a suspicious object in Lisburn, following a spate of arrests.

Suspect object found after arrests
Security forces are at the scene. (© UTV)

A security alert was sparked in the Barnfield Road area of the city on Friday.

Army bomb squad officers conducted a clearance operation in the city, which ended shortly after 6pm.

It comes after officers from the Serious Crime Branch arrested two men in the area overnight.They have been taken to Antrim Serious Crime Suite where they remain in custody.

Meanwhile three men arrested in west Belfast and a woman who was detained in Dunmurry, as part of a major investigation into dissident republican activity, have been released without charge.

UTV Correspondent Sharon O'Neill said: "At this stage, police are officially saying very little, but the speculation in the area is that they have thwarted some sort of dissident republican attack.

"The suspects are being held at Antrim and we'll just have to see what emerges."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
BOB in BELFAST wrote (660 days ago):
That peace agreement should have been signed on April 1st because that's all it is a joke. If anyone person thinks there is peace is this country I feel sorry for you all. A society that's has daily high threat as we do is not at peace.
norman.d in bangor wrote (660 days ago):
the biggest mistake this country made was this peace process and opening the gates of the maze prison and letting them all out peace bought with concessions you reap what you sow and this country has sowen the seeds for more of the same
Alex in bangor wrote (660 days ago):
realist, there is a big difference between arresting someone and prosecuting them and that is due to lack of evidence. Yes there have been hundreds arrested, but very few prosecuted.
Realist in England wrote (660 days ago):
It appears as if hundreds and hundreds of people have been arrested in these investigations over the past year or so and yet there are ever more intensifying attacks. One is forced to conclude that there are either thousands involved in such activities or innocent people are getting picked up on a regular basis simply for propaganda purposes. Either way, it is hard to believe that there are only a handful of people in these groups and that they are heavily infiltrated. You would have to ask yourself why, if so much evidence about so few people is in the hands of the the police, why they don't just close these guys down for good by arresting all of them - surely they don't want to risk their own officers' lives unnecessarily. If the conflict is, as many assume, spiraling out of control again - it is time for elected politicians to stop point scoring and do something useful to improve people's lives and show the majority out there that there are non-violent ways to achieve change.
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