East Belfast alert 'an elaborate hoax'

Published Monday, 30 December 2013
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A suspicious object in east Belfast which sparked a security alert on Monday has been declared "an elaborate hoax" by police.

East Belfast alert 'an elaborate hoax'
Army bomb units at the scene of the alert on Monday. (© UTV)

Parkgate Avenue was closed between Connsbrook Avenue and Mersey Street while the police and army bomb squad dealt with the object. The area has now re-opened.

Residents, who had their properties evacuated by police, have since returned to their homes.

Robin Newton, East Belfast DUP MLA, has called on anyone with information to contact the PSNI.

"This is a scandalous action that not only causes the bother of having to vacate 30 homes but also causes distress and worry for residents," he said.

"It is difficult to understand the mentality of those who want to cause stress to families and elderly people by such a rash and reckless act.

"I want to pay tribute to the police and the bomb squad officers. At the outset they don't know if the device is real or a hoax but risk their lives in protecting this community," the NI Policing Board member added.

© UTV News
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Belfast in Belfast wrote (111 days ago):
My grandmother lives nearby and is on oxygen she was not evacuated but was worried
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