Westlink reopens after security alert

Published Thursday, 28 March 2013
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The Westlink and part of the M1 motorway in Belfast has reopened to traffic after a security alert has been confirmed as an "elaborate hoax".

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A suspicious object was discovered at the Broadway roundabout on Thursday morning.

Army bomb squad officers were tasked to the scene and carried out a controlled explosion.

The alert caused major traffic disruption in the area at the time, vehicles were diverted off the motorway at Stockman's Lane offslip as the Westlink was closed in both directions.

Local councillor Tim Attwood said an object that appeared to be a pipe bomb was found on a BT box.

He condemned those behind it for causing "traffic mayhem" as cars were at a standstill.

The SDLP representative explained: "This device has caused traffic mayhem along a major route.

"The people behind this device are reckless.

"While everyone else was going about their normal business, trying to get to work, their contribution and intent was to cause injury and serious disruption."

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Michael in Templepatrick wrote (385 days ago):
It doesn't however mention dissident republicans anywhere in this report...
HAPPY FACE in BELFAST wrote (386 days ago):
why ? Can the morans who left this hoax bomb threat explain WHY, What purpose is it serving, If they think they will get a united Ireland this way then they really are morans.get into talks like the rest of the people who are trying to get a united Ireland through dialog. So either talk or pack it in. The people on both sides of the divide have suffered enough.NO MORE CRAP. We want our kids and grandkids to grow up with a better life than the one we had.
Linda in NI wrote (387 days ago):
Will the city traders be complaining about these disruptions to trade? Will we hear how much these security scares cost the economy? Is there CCTV around this area so that the PSNI can put the culprits behind bars for a while?
JIM in Belfast wrote (387 days ago):
shocking...these cowboys need to get jobs
ger in belfast wrote (387 days ago):
This is all these dissident so called republicans have to offer. Chaos and disruption with no intention or strategy to achieve a united Ireland. They are nothing but hoods
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