Condemnation after pipe bombs explode in Bushmills

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Pipe bombs have exploded at two separate homes in Bushmills on the North Antrim coast.

The incidents happened just before 1am this morning (Friday). One device detonated at Woodland Court and another at a house nearby.

On arrival the scene was cordoned off with residents on looking. During this time another explosion was reported to police on scene at a premises nearby at Ballaghmore Court.

North Antrim TUV MLA Jim Allister said: “Last night’s dual pipe bomb attacks in the heart of a residential area in Bushmills could so easily have caused injury or death, as they are designed to do. The fact that on this occasion only property was damaged does not diminish the utter unacceptability of such violence.

“Those who seek to bring their terror and domination to the community need to be got off the backs of the people. I urge anyone with relevant information to bring it to the PSNI.”

Also condemning the incident, TUV Alderman Sharon McKillop said: “Children and elderly people live in close proximity to the location of both bombs and it is extremely fortunate that we are not talking about serious injuries or worse this morning.

“I gather that there was real concern for one resident who could not be account for for some time and another elderly resident who recently suffered a bereavement obviously didn’t need this.

“There is an onus on the PSNI to get to the root of the problem which caused last night’s criminality. We don’t want this in Bushmills and need to see all those who break the law brought to justice.”

North Antrim DUP MLA Mervyn Storey added: “It is extremely sad that we have people in our society who still believe that they have a right to carry out such attacks.

“Thankfully nobody on this occasion was injured in these attacks, however we should be under no illusion, it is only a matter of time until someone will be seriously injured or worse unless these attacks are dealt with rigorously and condemned by all sections of the community.

“I would appeal for an end to this terrorising of Bushmills. It does nothing for its reputation and for the people who live there.”