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Army called in pipe bomb attack alert; NEWS WIRE.

THE Army were called to an Anfield street as a home-made pipe bomb was hurled into the hallway of a house.

Merseyside Police were called to Sunlight Street after the shocking incident at 6.25pm on Friday.

An Army Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) team and crews from Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service also attended the scene.

The force said the bomb squad determined that the "crude" device consisted of a metal pipe filled with gunpowder.

Fortunately, the device failed to explode and no injuries were caused.

A witness said: "I live in Sunlight Street and one of the neighbours had a hand-made pipe bomb thrown into their hallway.

"Army had to come to check it out. It's a shame really, as she is a lovely woman and doesn't cause trouble."

A police spokesman said the scene was secured and the parts removed safely, and enquiries are ongoing.

Detective Inspector Phil Atkinson said: "This was an alarming incident involving a crude device, which thankfully caused no damage or injuries.

"However, the outcome could have been so much more serious. We're keeping an open mind as to the reasons behind this reckless attempt to cause harm.

"I'd appeal to anyone in the Sunlight Street area who saw or heard anything suspicious to come forward.

"If you have home CCTV, captured anything on a device and were passing by and captured dashcam footage, we want to hear from you."

| Anyone with information can contact the force's social media desk @MerPolCC, ring 101 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, with reference 20000224195.

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