'Bomb warning' at Belfast City Council

Published Wednesday, 11 July 2012
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A councillor has told UTV he believes the bomb scare at a Belfast City Council building is linked to the unsuccessful campaign to save Lennox the dog.

'Bomb warning' at Belfast City Council
The scene outside the Belfast City Council offices on Wednesday morning. (© UTV)

The Cecil Ward Building on Linenhall Street was evacuated on Wednesday morning after a telephone bomb warning was received.

A police spokesman said: "A search of the building revealed nothing and it is believed this was a malicious call."

He added that all lines of inquiry are being investigated by police at present.

Alderman Jim Rodgers, of the Ulster Unionist Party, has condemned the alert.

"I think it's absolutely disgraceful that the people who were campaigning on behalf of the dog Lennox should act like this."

On Tuesday, Belfast City Council confirmed that it had contacted police after receiving threats from supporters of the campaign to save Lennox from destruction.

The animal was deemed to be a dangerous, pitbull-type breed at the end of a two-year legal battle between his owners and the council.

Lennox was put down on Wednesday morning, after a 28-day legal reprieve ended at midnight.

Cllr Rodgers said the members of Belfast City Council had been inundated with hundreds of emails by campaigners - but in the last few days some of the correspondence was of a threatening nature.

He said that, while he was an animal lover, the evidence received by the court regarding Lennox was very clear cut.

"This is a very dangerous dog," he said.

The unionist politician said that the threats,including those to the council's dog wardens, must be condemned by all right-thinking people.

© UTV News
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Jeffofbelfast in Belfast wrote (704 days ago):
800 dogs and cats are destroyed in the USA in pounds every single day. Some jammed in boxes unable to move and the gassed. Dogs are boiled alive and skinned alive in Korea. Eaten in China. Dogs are destroyed by BSL in Australia in the USA in the UK and around the world. If you REALLY care about dog welfare start at home in your own town. Don't write threats on the Internet on a case you don't know the truth about, do something to help stop animal cruelty in your own home.
Jeffofbelfast in Belfast wrote (704 days ago):
Majority of the comments above come from Americans. Very few mention how evil it is to use a bomb hoax in a city where many people where killed in the troubles. Go to the patents of someone killed by a dangerous dog or to the family of someone murdered in the troubles and defend your comments. Maybe some of you should do your homework on the Lennox case and you will find many of the claims you make aren't true and a lot of lies have been told. Some of the comments here are very offensive and should be removed.
Luke Thomas in Florida wrote (830 days ago):
The breed needs to be banned to control dog fighting and bear bait blood sports. The owners should not have got a breed that looked like a pit bull when it's banned.
Paula in MSN wrote (832 days ago):
Everyone in Belfast should name thier male dogs Lennox
Aarelynne Beiya in Australia wrote (833 days ago):
I just have one question. Does anyone in BCC care that everyone hates them? Anyone at all?
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