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Police investigate after suspicious package reported near East Belfast GAA

East Belfast GAA

East Belfast GAA have confirmed that the PSNI arrived at their pitches on Wednesday evening after receiving a call about a suspicious package.

East Belfast GAA currently train in the Belfast City Council facilities which are used by a variety of sports.

The club took to Twitter to inform the public of the incident.

“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.

“East Belfast GAA 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.

GAA.ie joined our footballers during their training session this week to talk about the continuing growth of the club. With 400 members and counting, the club is being driven by community spirit. If you’d like to get involved please contact the secretary: secretary.eastbelfast.down@gaa.ie#GaaBelong #EastBelfastgaa

Posted by East Belfast GAA on Friday, July 31, 2020

“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.

The club was formed in May in the hopes of bringing communities together and have senior teams in all four codes. The motto of East Belfast GAA, ‘Together’, is written in English, Irish and Ulster Scots on their crest.

A PSNI statement said: “Police received an anonymous call on the evening of Wednesday, August 5, stating that a number of explosive devices had been left at playing fields at Church Road in Castlereagh.

“Officers attended and closed the site and are maintaining a cordon at the scene until a full search of the site can be carried out. There are no further details at present.”

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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