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Viable pipe bomb found in Belfast

Police at the site of a bonfire in the Bloomfield Avenue area of Belfast (Niall Carson/PA) Photo: PA Wire/PA Images

Police have confirmed that a viable pipe bomb has been found at a peace line in east Belfast.

It follows reports of a loud bang at the barrier close to the loyalist Cluan Place area on Wednesday afternoon, where earlier a bonfire was removed by contractors under police protection.

The remains of the device were found on the nationalist side of the peaceline on Clandeboye Drive.

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The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) remains at the scene.

A PSNI spokesman said: “The remnants of what is believed to be a viable pipe bomb type device have been found in Clandeboye Drive and we would ask for your patience and support as police work to make the area safe.”