Northern Ireland

Seaforde security alert 'viable device'

Scene in Seaforde
Image caption The device, found at a house in Naghan Court, was examined by Army bomb disposal experts

A suspicious object that sparked a security alert in the County Down village of Seaforde was a viable device, police have said.

The device, found at a house in Naghan Court at about 15:00 BST on Monday, was examined by Army bomb disposal experts.

SDLP councillor Mark Murnin said he was told the device was a pipe bomb.

A small number of residents were evacuated but have now been allowed to return to their homes, while police have appealed for information.

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Media captionSDLP councillor Mark Murnin said there was "never really any trouble" in Seaforde

Sinn Féin MLA Emma Rogan said those behind the security alert had shown "complete disregard" for locals.

"Incidents like this serve no purpose other than bringing disruption to the community and they need to stop immediately," she added.

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