A ‘viable, significant and reckless’ bomb was found at the gates of a primary school last night. It was found beside Holy Cross Boys’ Primary School in Ardoyne, North Belfast shortly before midnight on Saturday.

Police believe it was left there by dissident republicans. People in twenty homes in a row of terraced houses in the Herbert Street area had to be evacuated while the bomb squad was called in. They included families, pensioners and a six-year-old girl, who local representatives said was frightened and left in tears after being taken from her bed in the middle of the night.

PSNI Chief Superintendent Chris Noble said the bomb was ‘a very significant device more than capable of causing death and serious injury,’ he said.