Detectives from Serious Crime Branch are investigating two hoax devices left outside homes in the Hopefield Avenue area of Portrush.

The objects, which were wrapped in Pride flags, were discovered following a call to police on Thursday, 29 June.

A full public safety operation was implemented and a number of controlled explosions were carried out by ATO. The alerts ended at approximately 4.30pm on Friday, 30 June.

Detective Chief Inspector Hamilton said: “The hoax devices have now been recovered and will be forensically examined. The placement of these devices has caused untold disruption to the lives of local people, many of whom have had to leave their homes while we made sure the area was safe for them.

“Those responsible care nothing for the impact they have on communities nor do they care about the fear and uncertainty their actions cause.

“Such attempts to intimidate and threaten are completely unacceptable. Detectives are now robustly investigating and would ask anyone with information, or anyone who may have captured footage in the area of Hopefield Avenue, to please get in touch by calling 101 and quoting incident number 1829 of 29/06/23.”

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