Bomb is found outside church in Glengormley

St Mary's on the Hill The bomb was found outside St Mary's on the Hill church

A small bomb has been found in the grounds of a Catholic church in Glengormley, County Antrim.

It was found outside St Mary's on the Hill Church on the Carnmoney Road at about 22:00 GMT on Saturday.

The Carnmoney Road was closed for a number of hours while Army bomb disposal experts made the device safe. A number of homes were evacuated.

It has now been taken away for forensic examination. Police described it as being "crude but viable".

Parish Priest Father John Forsythe condemned those responsible.

"Not only was the church disrupted, but the road nearby had to be blocked off last night and everybody, no matter who they were, were inconvenienced by it," he said.

"I feel sorry for them if that's all that they have to do."

More Northern Ireland stories



  • Witley Court in Worcestershire Abandoned mansions

    What happened to England's lost stately homes?

  • Tray of beer being carried10 Things

    Beer is less likely to slosh than coffee, and other nuggets

  • Spoon and buckwheatSoul food

    The grain that tells you a lot about Russia's state of mind

  • Woman readingWeekendish

    The best reads you need to catch up on

  • Salim Rashid SuriThe Singing Sailor

    The young Omani who became a prewar fusion music hit

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.