West Belfast alert 'a hoax'

Published Friday, 30 November 2012
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A security alert in west Belfast has been declared a hoax, police have confirmed.

West Belfast alert 'a hoax'
A security alert is ongoing in west Belfast. (© UTV)

A number of homes were evacuated on Friday morning after a suspicious object was discovered close to a street sign in the Glencolin estate.

A controlled explosion was carried out by army bomb experts at the scene and was later declared a hoax.

The entrance to the estate was closed at its junctions with Meadowhill and Glencolin Heights for some time, but has since reopened.

Residents were allowed back into their homes mid-afternoon on Friday.

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood has hit out at those behind the alert.

"On Monday night, we had a pipe bomb thrown at police in Culmore Gardens, causing acute disruption to the lives of those in the vicinity," the Upper Falls representative said.

"Now, today, we have yet another incident which has caused the evacuation of innocent people from their homes.

"Those behind these alerts are not furthering any cause nor attaining any achievement whatsoever, unless their plan is to bring distress and disruption into the lives of ordinary people."

© UTV News
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