A security alert in Belfast has come to an end after the discovery of a potentially deadly pipe bomb.

The explosive was made safe by anti-terrorism officers in Coolnasilla Park West in Belfast.

Commenting on the incident, the PSNI’s Detective Inspector Paul Rowland said: “A number of residents were moved from their homes during this alert and we are thankful to them for their patience.

“Those who left this device in a residential area clearly have no regard for the people who live here and I am appealing for the community’s support in identifying the perpetrators.”

He went on to ask for anyone with any information about the incident to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station by calling the non-emergency number 101 and quoting reference 1419 with the date 15/07/2017.

The public are also able to contact independent charity Crimestoppers on the number 0800 555 111.

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