Improvised explosive device made safe near Slemish Mountain by army

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An improvised explosive device was made safe by army experts during an incident near Slemish Mountain on Tuesday night, police said this evening.

Police investigating the report of criminal damage at Woodland Park outside Broughshane arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of a number of offences.

Detective Sergeant Leighanne Miller said: “We received a report at 10:50 last night of an attempt to set a car in the Woodland Park area on fire and that damage had been caused to a window of the vehicle.

“Police discovered an improvised explosive device which has been made safe by ATO (Ammunition Technical Officer).

“Police subsequently arrested a 36-year-old man on suspicion of offences including possessing an explosive device with intent to endanger property, attempted arson endangering life and criminal damage. He remains in custody assisting us with our enquiries.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area around this time last night and saw what happened, or saw any suspicious vehicles or activity in the area to contact detectives in Ballymena on the non emergency number 101, quoting reference number 1381 of 13/11/18.”

Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.

 

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