Police confirm that car fire in Bangor caused by a mechanical fault
Breaking news on Tuesday morning.
Initial reports stating that a police officer had been the target of terror attack have been denied by the PSNI.
Shortly before 8.30am on Tuesday, the PSNI were called to the scene of a car fire at the junction of the Ballyrobert Road between Bangor and Belfast.
The female driver of the car was uninjured.
Police can confirm that a mechanical fault is believed to be the cause of a car fire on A2 between Belfast and Bangor this morning, Tuesday 06 March.
The main A2 is expected to re-open shortly.
— PSNI (@PoliceServiceNI) March 6, 2018
DUP MP Ian Paisley originally said that a suspected booby trap device was placed under the car, which caused the fire.
"I understand that a terrorist attack on a police officer in Ballyrobert, Co Antrim has taken place," Paisley said. "Suspected Under car booby trap device. My concern is for the officer and family of officer. Terrorism will never prevail."
He followed it up with a retraction stating:
"Reports suggest this was a major malfunction of the vehicle and not terrorist related. If so that's a huge relief and I hope those involved are uninjured."