'Shotgun' found at site of new children's play park
Published 13/10/2016 | 17:20
Police have seized a firearm found at the building site of a new children's play park in Co. Antrim.
The item was found at the site in the Whiterock Close area in Belfast on Thursday morning.
Whiterock Close was closed to traffic and the Whiterock Leisure Centre and Whiterock Community Centre evacuated before the suspected firearm was recovered and taken away for further examination.
The road and buildings have now been reopened.
Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast, Pat Sheehan said the firearm was a shotgun and slammed those responsible.
He added: "Those responsible for leaving a shotgun at the site of the new children's play park on the Whiterock Road have endangered this community.
”It is completely unacceptable and is to be condemned in the strongest terms.
"This is a new play park being being built in an area that sits beside both a primary school and the local leisure centre.
"It is fortunate that given the amount of children in the area that this has been found and taken off our streets.
"I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to bring that information to the PSNI."