Friday 17 November 2017

Security alert after man threw 'rucksack-type' object at police station

Woodbourne Police Station
Woodbourne Police Station

Claire Cromie

A security alert is underway at a police station in west Belfast, where it's understood a man threw a device at the building.

Police officers and staff who were inside Woodbourne police station have been evacuated.

It's believed a 'rucksack-type' object was thrown and a man has been detained.

The Stewartstown Road has been closed at its junctions with Blacks Road and Suffolk Road as police examine the suspicious object.

A PSNI spokesperson said motorists should seek an alternative route.

Woodbourne was the target of a bomb attack in August 2013, when two devices were thrown at the station. Children picked up an unexploded pipe bomb and carried it to the front of the station - luckily no one was injured as it did not explode.

Meanwhile, police are warning the public in Lurgan to be vigilant after reports of a device in the Lake Street area.

Officers have searched the area with dogs, however, nothing untoward has been found.

Chief Inspector Davy Beck said: “We have conducted a number of enquiries and have searched the area. Nothing untoward has been found however we would urge the public to be vigilant.

"If you notice anything which looks out of place or suspicious, do not approach or touch it but contact us straight away on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

“We would like to hear from anyone who has information in relation to these reports. We can be contacted in Lurgan on 101.”

Belfast Telegraph

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