Warning of dissident threat

The police have stepped up security in County Antrim because of an increased threat from dissident republicans.

As a result of recent suspicious activity in the Ballymena area, the PSNI said they believed an attack on members of the security forces was being planned.

They have increased patrolling in response to the threat.

A police spokeswoman said: "The threat is believed to come from dissident republicans.

"As a result, police have mounted, and will continue to mount, operations in an effort to frustrate that threat and protect the lives of the security forces and the public.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that the public may experience.

"We would also appeal to anyone with any information about the threat, or who may see any suspicious activity, to contact the police immediately."

The DUP's Ian Paisley Jnr said: "I am aware that the threat is principally aimed against Army and police personnel.

"However, there is no room for complacency and I welcome the police increasing their activities in order to protect people and property from attack.

"The level of activity from the threat means that terrorists could be thrown off course and could target a secondary target outside the town - therefore vigilance from the public is required," said the North Antrim assembly member.

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