Hoax alert at Alliance Party office

Published Saturday, 19 July 2014
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A suspicious object found outside an Alliance Party office in east Belfast has been declared a hoax.

Hoax alert at Alliance Party office
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.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Ger in Lurgan wrote (191 days ago):
The thugs that try to suppress the message put out by others because they do not agree with it are the dregs of society.
Michael in Templepatrick wrote (192 days ago):
People should fully get behind and support the Alliance party for speaking out against the type of thugs who are intent on intimidating them.
Pol in Belfast wrote (193 days ago):
I wonder was this part of the Graduated response espoused by the Pan Unionist Front... Wonder if Peter and Mike are kept up to date on their Loyalist buddies actions ?
Joe R in Belfast wrote (193 days ago):
It is disgraceful how bigots have been targeting and intimidating AnnaLo by using bomb scares and last week at some distasteful bonfires. Its a shame and I commend Anna and her Alliance party team for standing up to injustice and hate in the province.
Paul Campbell in Newtownabbey wrote (193 days ago):
Typical cowards, attack the moderates who are brave enough to have an office there
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