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Security alert as letter bomb found at postal sorting office

Part of the facility in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim was evacuated as officers responded to the scene.

THE PSNI HAVE responded to a security alert at a postal sorting office in Newtownabbey, Co Antrim.

Part of the facility on Mallusk Road was evacuated last night as the package was found.

Army bomb disposal officers also responded, and the alert was called off in the early hours of the morning.

According to the PSNI, it was found to be a “viable letter bomb type device”.

Northern Ireland Secretary of State Theresa Villiers described the incident as “reckless and cowardly”.

She said on Twitter that those who placed the device had shown “complete disregard for postal workers and local community”.

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