East Belfast UVF operation leads to gun and pipe bomb seizures

Police have seized eight handguns and three pipe bombs after a pre-planned operation targeting the East Belfast UVF on Friday night.

Searches took place in the lower Newtownards Road area, with two security alerts being declared after suspicious objects were discovered. 

The operation went on into the early hours of Saturday morning.

It involved searches of three residential properties and one business premises.

Four men - aged 34, 47, 49 and 51 - have been arrested and are being questioned. 

Two vehicles were also seized during the searches as well a large quantity of assorted ammunition, balaclavas and UVF flags.

The searches led to two security alerts, that required homes to be evacuated in the Connswater Grove area and near the Skainos Centre.

Full article available on BBC News site.

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