An attempt has been made to bomb a Catholic church on the outskirts of north Belfast.

Police say a small, crude but viable explosive device was found outside St Mary's on the Hill Catholic Church on Carnmoney Road near Newtownabbey.

The road was closed for several hours while British Army bomb disposal experts made the device safe.

It was taken away for forensic examination.

PSNI detectives investigating the incident have asked anyone who may have noticed suspicious activity in the Carnmoney Road area, or who has information to contact them.