Forensic tests after weapons find in Belfast

Sunday 25 August 2013 08.42
PSNI investigating weapons and munitions haul in Belfast
PSNI investigating weapons and munitions haul in Belfast

Police in Belfast say they recovered 16 modern semi-automatic handguns and in excess of 800 rounds of ammunition during a search of a wooded area in the east of the city.

A security alert began yesterday evening and a scenic area off the Manse Road in the Castlereagh area was cordoned off while the PSNI carried out a search.

At one stage a British Army bomb disposal team was involved in the operation.

The weapons and ammunition were discovered buried in a hole in the wood.

The area was re-opened to traffic just before midday.

Forensic experts are to examine the weapons in further tests.