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Appeal for witnesses as PSNI respond to two security alerts overnight

Both incidents took place in Newtownabbey in Co Antrim. While one was found to be a hoax, the other was a small but viable explosive device.

POLICE IN NEWTOWNABBEY in Co Antrim are appealing to witnesses following a night in which two separate security alerts took place.

The first incident occurred at approximately 10.40 last night when it was reported that a suspicious object had been left on the roundabout on the O’Neill Road in Newtownabbey.

(Screengrab – Google Maps)

The road was closed while the Ammunition Technical Officer (ATO) attended the scene. Following an examination of the object, it was declared to be a hoax.

The second incident took place at approximately 2.40am this morning, when another suspicious object was reported as having been left at a business premises on the Doagh Road.

(Screengrab – Google Maps)

Following examination by the ATO, this device was found to be a small but viable explosive device.

The PSNI are looking to speak to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area or who has any information to contact them in Newtownabbey on 0845 600 8000.

Or, if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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