PETROL BOMBS THROWN AT POLICE; ARMY DECLARE ‘SUSPECT’ DEVICE A HOAX

Police deal with suspect alert in Co Antrim

Police deal with suspect alert in Co Antrim

POLICE have come under attack on Friday night with  petrol bombs in Co Antrim.

The attack came during a Union flag protest in Newtownabbey.

It follows a number of union protests across Northern Ireland on Friday, most of which have been peaceful.

Up to a dozen petrol bombs, stones and bottles were thrown at officers in Cloughfern Avenue.

A further 19 petrol bombs have been seized by police during the trouble.

Earlier, a suspicious object was thrown at a police vehicle. Army bomb teams are examining the object which resembled a pipe bomb.

Following the examination, ATO declared the device a hoax.

Roads in the area have now been reopened and the PSNI have thanked the public for their patience while the device was examined, forcing a number of roads to be closed.

 

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