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McAllister says those behind security alert are utterly despicable

Alliance North Belfast Councillor Nuala McAllister has said those behind a security alert in which a weapon was found in the playground of a primary school are “utterly despicable”.

The improvised weapon was discovered in Holy Cross Boys’ Primary in North Belfast, with police saying it was most likely left by dissidents with the intent of attacking officers. The device was found by the principal and caretaker, and the school remains closed today while the incident is dealt with.

“Let’s be honest, those behind this weapon left it in a school playground, putting the lives of young children at severe risk,” said Councillor McAllister.

“We have seen a number of similar incidents lately, designed to attack PSNI officers. These dissidents need to leave the stage immediately and utterly. They represent no-one, offer nothing and have no major support in the local community.

“No doubt this will be distressing for many parents, who will have to attempt to explain to their children why their school is closed. My thanks go to the staff at Holy Cross Boys’ for their quick actions.

“If anyone has any information on this incident, I urge them to take it to police immediately.”