'Over 100 people’ caught up in alert

Published Saturday, 01 February 2014
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A Sinn Féin councillor has said over 100 people were caught up in a security alert following the discovery of a suspicious object on the outskirts of west Belfast.

'Over 100 people’ caught up in alert
Police and the bomb squad attended the alert. (© UTV)

The security alert in the White Rise area of Lagmore started in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Police and army bomb experts attended the scene for most of the day.

A PSNI spokeswoman said Mount Eagles Community Centre was opened for those residents evacuated from their homes overnight.

Three men have been arrested in connection with the alert. They were apprehended in the White Rise area on Saturday afternoon.

Lisburn councillor, David Bell, said hundreds of people were caught up in the disruption.

He told UTV: "While only 12 homes were evacuated, the big issue is that the street is the only way in and out for people.

"So there were around 100 homes that people could either not get access to, or were hemmed in and couldn't get out."

The Sinn Féin representative said people were frustrated and angry over the disruption.

He added: "Elderly and young children were evacuated from their homes in the early hours of the night in freezing cold conditions.

"It's an absolute disgrace and those responsible represent no one."

The alert has ended and residents allowed to return to their homes and the road reopened.

© UTV News
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Want a better life in Been there done that wrote (359 days ago):
Born in 1971, I grew up with this constant fear of "be careful where you go" "be careful who you speak to". Now almost 43 years later and with a son who goes to gaelic football with his best friend of an opposite religion and a daughter who goes to hip hop dancing with all sections of the community and having the time of their lives. As someone who has grew up in this crap, give the kids a chance. No matter what religion. Been there done that and not impressed!!! #theresmoretolife
Toon toon in Newtownards wrote (360 days ago):
What do they want out of life , only disruping there own kind
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