'Over 100 people’ caught up in alert

'Over 100 people’ caught up in alert

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.

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.CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)

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