Alert at prison 'elaborate hoax'
Published Monday, 21 July 2014
A security alert at Maghaberry Prison has been declared "an elaborate hoax," the Department of Justice has confirmed.
Police have confirmed a security alert is ongoing at the prison. (© UTV)
Police said that a suspicious object was discovered inside the jail near Lisburn shortly before 11am on Monday morning.
A statement from the department said: "The security alert at Maghaberry Prison has ended. The suspect object has been declared an 'elaborate hoax' and the prison has returned to normal."
Earlier, at Lisburn Magistrates' Court, a courtroom heard the Prison Service was unable to say what specific wing the alert related to but that the prison was put on "lock down" during the alert.
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