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Saturday 24 August 2019

Bomb squad called in as hoax device taped to car

High alert: Gardaí and army bomb disposal personnel monitor the robot as it approaches a VW car in Coolock, Dublin
High alert: Gardaí and army bomb disposal personnel monitor the robot as it approaches a VW car in Coolock, Dublin

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

Associates of a volatile gangster freed from jail last weekend are being investigated for placing a device on a car, which led to a major security alert in north Dublin yesterday.

The device was eventually declared to be "a very elaborate hoax" after being examined by army bomb disposal experts who were called to the scene at Greencastle Drive, Coolock, by gardaí.

The alarm was raised at 9.30am when the large cylindrical object was found taped to the driver's door of a silver VW car.

It was secured in place with strips of yellow tape and made very obvious by its colour and positioning. Gardaí believe the device was meant to be found - possibly as a warning - rather than cause harm, but did not take any chances and called in the army.

Local people were evacuated and an army robot fired a charge into the suspect device, creating a cracking sound.

A bomb disposal squad member, dressed in protective clothing and helmet, then went to retrieve the device's remains.

Irish Independent

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