'Three devices' found in Dervock security alert

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A safety cordon was put in place while the devices were examined

Three devices which police said "had the potential to be viable" have been found during a series of security alerts in Dervock, County Antrim.

A number of people had to leave their homes when the three suspicious objects were discovered on Thursday morning.

The police and Army were called to the scene and the devices have been taken away for further examination.

Police described the incident as a "deliberate effort to cause fear and intimidation".

"Families and older and more vulnerable people were forced to leave their homes while officers and military personnel worked to ensure the area was safe for them to return," said District Commander Supt Ian Magee.

"We can confirm that the three devices had the potential to be viable and have been removed for further examination," he added.

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Several homes in the area had to be evacuated for a number of hours

"It is clear that the vast majority of people in this community want to get on with their lives in peace.

"While we will continue to provide a policing service to the people of Dervock, I am calling on local representatives to use their influence to prevent further incidents."

During the security operation, travel restrictions were put in place on the Castlecat Road and Knock Road.

Just before 18:30 GMT, police said the operation had ended and all residents could return to their homes.