UPDATE: No explosive devices have been found at the site.
No explosive devices have been found at GAA pitches in east Belfast, according to the PSNI.
They received an anonymous call last night to say they were planted at playing fields at Church Road in Castlereagh.
However, the PSNI say they’ve now completed a search of the grounds and nothing untoward was found.
The police have left the scene and the facility has reopened.
The club wishes to advise members of an incident that occurred during training last night. It is the club’s understanding that, during the course of training, the police received a call that a package had been left somewhere in the vicinity of the playing fields upon which our
— EastBelfastGAA (@EastBelfastGAA) August 6, 2020
Earlier today, East Belfast GAA released a statement about the incident on Twitter:
“It is the club’s understanding that, during the course of training, the police received a call that a package had been left somewhere in the vicinity of the playing fields upon which our members were training,” the statement reads.
“On the advice of the PSNI, once a live situation was identified, the police and the club worked quickly to make people safe and help them disperse from the area calmly and efficiently.
“The club expresses its thanks to both the PSNI and to our playing members, who behaved impeccably during the situation.
“The creation and maintenance of a safe environment for sport to be played by all and the safety of our members whilst playing remains a priority for us all.
“The club intends to continue to work with the police, the community in East Belfast, and the public at large, whose support we have enjoyed on a daily basis, to ensure the continued safety and enjoyment of our members and patrons.
“Our door remains open to all. The matter has now been passed to the PSNI. The club does not intend to make further comment at this time.”