Pope condemns those behind pipe bomb

Alliance Banbridge Councillor Brian Pope has condemned those behind a pipe bomb discovered in the town.

The viable device was found in the Hawthorne Hill area around 1:15am today (Saturday) before being removed for further examination. Residents who had been evacuated have now returned to their homes.

“It is clear those behind this security alert have no regard for human life,” said Councillor Pope.

“This bomb could have caused serious damage had it exploded, particularly as it was in a built-up area. In addition, it has caused severe disruption to many residents. I utterly condemn those behind it.

“I have spoken to the PSNI and been assured all avenues are being explored as to the perpetrators. I urge anyone who has any information on them or this incident generally to pass it to police immediately.”