This evening there was a small explosion in Belfast’s busy Cathedral Quarter where there are many restaurants and bars where there will have been many out on work parties for Christmas.
The Police Service has confirmed that it was caused by a bomb, but no further detail is available as yet.
The Northern Ireland Liberal Democrats fully support the police and army in their roles in investigating the security alert this evening. We can be thankful that there are no reports of anyone hurt on this occasion.
Tonight’s incident reminds us all that we should be looking out for suspicious objects and that we must report any to the police as soon as possible.