Guns and ammunition found during 'dissident' searches

Police searches in Ardoyne The searches were carried out in Ardglen Place in Ardoyne

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Police have found a number of guns and ammunition during an operation in north Belfast to combat dissident republican terrorism.

Army bomb experts were also sent to the area and officers in white forensic suits carried out searches on a patch of derelict land.

A number of houses in Ardglen Place were evacuated during the operation which began on Friday evening.

A PSNI spokesperson said the operation has now ended.

The recovered weapons have been taken away for forensic examination.

The PSNI District Commander for north and west Belfast, Chief Superintendent George Clarke, said the actions of police had "undoubtedly thwarted the attempts of criminals to inflict death, injury and misery on the community of north Belfast."

"Police are determined to work to protect the communities from these threats and would appeal for the public's continued assistance and co-operation," he said.

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