Carrick alert an ‘elaborate hoax’

Published Monday, 27 January 2014
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A number of homes were evacuated during a security alert in Carrickfergus which has been declared an elaborate hoax by police.

Carrick alert an ‘elaborate hoax’
The scene of the alert in Carrickfergus (© UTV)

Police and army bomb experts were sent to the scene in the Broadlands Gardens area following the discovery of two suspicious objects.

A police spokesman added: "ATO have finished at the scene and two objects have been described as elaborate hoaxes.

"Those residents evacuated during the incident are now able to return to their homes."

The alert was the third security alert in the area in the past week.

It comes after two suspicious objects were discovered in the same area on Sunday 19 January.

A number of controlled explosions were carried out and the objects were found to be elaborate hoaxes.

The following day another alert was sparked in which nothing untoward was found.

Police said at the time that the new alert was separate and not linked to the previous operation.

Alliance Carrickfergus Councillor Gavin Norris called on those behind the alerts to "stop their irresponsible actions".

"It is unclear whether these are co-ordinated acts of intimidation, elaborate pranks, or if there is some other reason behind them," he said.

"Whatever the case, I hope that those responsible will be caught and held accountable for what they have done.

"This has once again caused disruption for people in the Broadlands area who just want to live their lives in peace. It has also wasted police resources.

"I urge anybody with information about these devices to contact the police."

© UTV News
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