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Royal party plan for west Belfast may have led to bomb alert

Published 29/04/2011

An alert in west Belfast yesterday may have been sparked by the announcement of a Royal wedding party.

Army bomb experts were called to the Glen Road near Lenadoon estate on Thursday afternoon after a suspicious object was found.

The road was closed between the Shaws Road and Suffolk Road near the St Oliver Plunkett Primary School and chapel.

People were asked to leave their homes and traffic was disrupted for several hours before the object was declared non-suspicious.

Yesterday, the Belfast Telegraph revealed that a community group in the same area had organised a Royal wedding party for today.

The party, organised by the Suffolk-Lenadoon Interface Group (SLIG), aims to attract well-wishers from both sides of the community and is the first of its kind in the predominantly nationalist area.

Invitations to the Royal wedding event were handed out in the Lenadoon estate and organisers were hopeful locals would attend. Community worker Joe Hamill said: “Young people in Lenadoon have indicated to me that they will at least come along and see what it is like.”

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