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PSNI appeal for witnesses in foiled bomb attack on off duty officer

The PSNI are looking to speak to anyone who may have been in the Upper Newtownards Road area in east Belfast between Friday and Sunday.

The scene last night, as police sealed off Upper Newtownards Road.
The scene last night, as police sealed off Upper Newtownards Road.
Image: Paul Faith/PA Wire/Press Association Images

DETECTIVES FROM THE Serious Crime Branch of the PSNI have made an appeal for information relating to a foiled bomb attack on an off duty police officer and his family.

The off duty officer, along with his wife and children, were about to leave their Upper Newtownards Road home in east Belfast for lunch yesterday when a bomb was discovered under the family car.

Detective Inspector Dickson, the Senior Investigating Officer, believes that members of the public may have seen something which could help his investigation team:

At this stage we believe that the device was left underneath the officer’s car sometime between 5:30pm on Friday December 28 and 2pm on Sunday December 30. My investigation team want to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Upper Newtownards Road between the junction of the Knock Road and Knockdene Park.
While traffic may have been quiet because of the holiday season, it is entirely possible that a taxi driver or dog walker may have seen something untoward in that area, like a parked vehicle or someone acting suspiciously.

Anyone who was in that area between Friday and Sunday can contact detectives in Ladas Drive on 0044 845 600 8000. Alternatively, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in confidence on 0044 800 555 111.

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