Police appeal after discovery of ‘terror-related’ viable rocket launcher on rural road in County Antrim
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Police appeal after discovery of ‘terror-related’ viable rocket launcher on rural road in County Antrim

POLICE are appealing for information after an improvised rocket launcher and other ‘terrorist-related’ weapons were discovered on a road in Co. Antrim.

Detectives with the PSNI’s Serious Crimes Branch made the discovery during a security alert at Budore Road in Dundrod on Sunday.

They also found a replica handgun, a baseball bat, a hammer and gloves in a small bag near the rural village.

Police suspect dissident republican involvement and said the “viable” rocket launcher may have been there for up to a month.

A number of roads in the local area were closed after the discovery to ensure the safety of the public whilst enquiries were carried out.

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The roads have since reopened after the objects were removed for a forensic examination.

Other 'terrorist-related' items found in the haul (Picture: PSNI)

Detective Inspector David Lowans from PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch said: “Our investigation is at an early stage, however we now believe that the improvised rocket launcher has been in the Budore Road area for between 3-4 weeks.

“We have also established the launcher was viable which demonstrates that whoever left it there had no regard for who might come across it.

“During further searches on Monday, officers found a bag in a ditch less than 40 metres away from the rocket launcher which contained a replica pistol, baseball bat, hammer and gloves.

“While I am not able to link the finds at this stage they both bear all the hallmarks of dissident republicans and this is a strong line of enquiry.”

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Anyone with information on the weapons is asked to contact detectives at Castlereagh on 101 quoting reference number 1143 08/10/17.

Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.