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The newly-formed East Belfast GAA club - at the centre of a security scare when suspect devices were discovered at the Henry Jones Playing Fields while they trained last Wednesday - have issued a statement in which they claim to have got reassurances that incidents of a similar nature are not expected in the future.

The statement read: "As members will be aware, for reasons outside of the club's control, in recent days the club has been the focus of attention for reasons other than sport.

"The incident that occurred at Henry Jones playing fields on Wednesday was unsavoury; and the unnerving and disruptive effect that it brought to our members at training that night, and that it continues to bring to them and their families in the days that have followed, is unwelcome. Our members and their families are our club.

"As such, the club has and will continue to support its players, those affected by the events that have occurred, and their wider family circles however it can.

"Incidents of such a nature do not reflect or remain in keeping with the overwhelming support and goodwill that the club has received from all across the immediate and surrounding community since its formation.

"Members are further advised that the club has, since Wednesday, received further assurances that the actions carried out do not define the entirety of the community nor any sphere of it.

"Condemnation of what occurred has been absolute across the board and from all spheres of the community. For this, the club is thankful.

"Members are further advised that the club has received assurances that it ought not have concerns of further occurrences of such a nature nor of further activities being carried out with the intention of inhibiting or interfering with the club's and/or its member's activities."

Irish Independent