Published Saturday, 19 July 2014
Security Alert at the Alliance offices on the Newtownards Road in east Belfast (© Presseye)
The suspicious package was discovered outside the building on the Newtownards Road on Friday night.
It followed a telephone warning received by UTV just after 9.30pm.
Army bomb squad officers examined the object and declared it a hoax.
The scene was sealed off for a time.
It is the latest in a series of incidents targeting the property.
Local Alliance MLA Chris Lyttle, who shares the office with East Belfast MP Naomi Long, said: "This incident is yet another attack on the hardworking Alliance team in east Belfast who serve everyone in the community.
"Alliance will continue to work for everyone in east Belfast and this incident will not deter us from serving our constituency on the mandate we have been given."
The security alert ended in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Detectives have appealed for anyone who witnessed anyone acting suspiciously in the area or anyone with information to contact them.
Earlier a spokesperson for the PSNI said: "Police appreciate the disruption this will cause in the area and thank the local community for their continued patience while we deal with this incident."
The Newtownards Road has reopened.
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