TWO ARRESTED OVER DISSIDENT REPUBLICAN ACTIVITY IN LARNE

Police and Army technical officers at the scene of security alert in Larne

Police and Army technical officers at the scene of security alert in Larne

DETECTIVES have arrested two men over a lengthy security alert in Larne, Co Antrim.

The suspects were detained by Serious Crime Branch officers on Thursday in relation to dissident republican terrorist activity.

A 23-year-old man was initially detained in the evening while a 41-year-old was arrested hours later.

Both men are being questioned at the serious crime suite in Antrim PSNI station.

A police spokesperson said that a number of suspect items were recovered from the scene of the alert at Britannia Crescent.

Earlier, police said dissident republicans could be linked to a blast on the same street on Wednesday night which damaged a fence outside a house.

The explosion happened shortly before 11pm.

Britannia Crescent is closed to traffic at its junction with the Seahill Road.

Oliver McMullan, Sinn Féin MLA for East Antrim, said he is requesting an urgent meeting with the local PSNI commanders to find out why officers declared a security alert in the area one day after the initial explosion.

“I would like to know if there was danger to the local community during this time,” he said.

Stewart Dickson, Alliance MLA for the area, has expressed concern over the blast being linked to dissidents.

“There is no place in our society for any sort of violence. People want to go about their daily lives without the fear of attack. I would urge whoever is responsible for this explosion to stop their activities before somebody is killed.

“The Police need the co-operation of the public, so I would urge anybody with any information about this explosion to contact them,” he added.

 

 

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